I am grateful to our Father-Mother God for giving me the “pearl of great price” (Matthew 13:46). I was introduced to Christian Science many years ago by one of my friends, and as a result of studying this Science, I have learned how to pray and have been relying on God for healing—and finding it.
For instance, one Friday evening several years ago, when I arrived home from the office, I felt very unwell and was afraid.
I spoke with my Christian Science teacher and asked him to pray for me. He agreed to do so, talking to me about the importance of overcoming fear and asking me to study the chapter “Physiology” in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
A few lines from this chapter that refer to God as divine Mind attracted my attention, including: “The so-called laws of matter are nothing but false beliefs that intelligence and life are present where Mind is not. These false beliefs are the procuring cause of all sin and disease. The opposite truth, that intelligence and life are spiritual, never material, destroys sin, sickness, and death” and “Mind’s control over the universe, including man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science” (p. 171).
These ideas helped me understand that we need to protect our mental environment and that we can overcome fear by understanding that God, divine Mind, alone governs us and every function of the body. God is the only cause, and nothing is beyond God’s harmonious control.
By Monday the fever was gone but not the body ache. That day I called my senior in the office to seek permission to work from home for a couple of days, which he approved. During this time I continued to receive Christian Science treatment. I also read, thought about, and followed this guidance from Science and Health: “We should relieve our minds from the depressing thought that we have transgressed a material law and must of necessity pay the penalty. Let us reassure ourselves with the law of Love. God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, cold, heat, contagion” (p. 384).
At this time, I had been helping my father and feeling responsible for him, and this passage helped me understand that I could not suffer for doing what is right. I knew I needed to see my true selfhood as the image and likeness of God, who has no disease, and to understand that my father and I were both in God’s hands.
As I continued praying, I felt relief from the symptoms. I began to see divine Mind’s control everywhere and the unreality of disease. Within the next few days, I was free of the aches as well as a rash that had developed.
Later, while reading a newspaper, I saw an article that described the symptoms of a noncontagious virus that is believed to be endemic to India. They were the same symptoms I had been experiencing. I have never had a return of that illness.
I am, of course, grateful to God for this wonderful healing and for His infinite blessings and ceaseless care. I am also most grateful for Mrs. Eddy’s discovery of Christian Science, which gives us this beautiful and practical way of life and has changed my life for the better.