Healings built my confidence in Christian Science

Over twenty years ago, as my wife and I were preparing to move to Texas from California, I started to experience shortness of breath. This occurred even when I was performing mundane tasks. 

I had worked hard for weeks packing up the house, and during the journey to our new home, we spent a lot of time both driving and stopping to visit historical and tourist sights, so there didn’t seem to be much free time for me to pray about this problem. One day in New Mexico, however, while my wife went to a museum, I remained behind at our motel to spend time in prayer, as
the challenge had become quite troublesome. I also spent hours searching the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s writings for ideas to support my prayers. Part of one statement by Mrs. Eddy resonated deeply with me: “We must give freer breath to thought . . .” (Christian Healing, p. 4).

I pondered that statement over and over, knowing that it is thought that must be given freedom before physical freedom can be realized. I decided to go for a quiet walk in the countryside to think further about this. After a while, I felt I should return to the motel and continue to research the topic of inspiration in the Bible and in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mrs. Eddy. But before I began, I had a strong realization that I’d already been healed! I was elated and humbly grateful, and there have been no more breathing problems since.

Another time, several years ago, a bump appeared on the back of one of my fingers and grew larger over the course of a few days. For some time, I had been feeling a latent fear about not always being able to meet physical challenges through prayer in Christian Science, so I decided to face this fear straight on. I found several Bible passages that state clearly that God formed man. One was, “Thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine” (Isaiah 43:1). Then, just as the bump had appeared unexpectedly and grown, it disappeared quickly without a trace. This strengthened my trust that healing can be quick and permanent.

Finally, although it may seem like a small incident, I’d like to share the recovery of my wedding ring, because it had larger implications for me. I’d been out running errands and suddenly noticed that my ring was missing. Rather than turning to God for guidance, I immediately retraced my steps, but to no avail. I felt that the ring was gone for good. That night, though, before drifting off to sleep, I became spiritually aware of the assurance of divine Love, God, that I was being cared for in every way. I didn’t relate this to the missing ring but just felt at peace. 

The next morning, I felt impelled to return to the car wash where I had been the day before. When I arrived, right there on the ground was my wedding ring. I realized that it must have been there in plain sight when I was there the day before, just waiting for my willingness to listen for divine direction. 

I learned a big lesson in divine grace through this experience, and I thanked God for taking care of every situation, big and small. That ring is still on my finger after 45 years of marriage.

These experiences have been building my confidence to put into practice what I’ve been learning from the Bible, Christ Jesus, Mrs. Eddy, and the Church of Christ, Scientist. I’m deeply grateful to be a Christian Scientist.

William Cheney
Lake View Terrace, California, US

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