No more colitis

When I first read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, I was drawn to its logic but not convinced of its truth. This changed when I was in graduate school. Earlier, I had been medically diagnosed with colitis and told that it could be managed but not cured. After several years of living with the recurring pain of this illness, one day I decided to apply what I was reading in Science and Health and focus on God instead of the problem, to see if I might get relief.

I read that God is divine Love and that spiritual man—each of us—is one with God and reflects God, so I reasoned that I must be one with Love. Reading that God is not the author of sickness and cannot be sick, I concluded that as God’s reflection I could not be sick. 

Pondering these spiritual truths felt unsettling, and suddenly I realized why: I liked being ill! My parents cared deeply for my siblings and me, and I felt their love, but it seemed that I received more attention from them when I was ill. So, I had come to welcome sickness as a way to gain more of my parents’ attention. 

Realizing my mistake, I embraced the truth that God is Love and that sickness is not from God because it has nothing to do with Love. Since I was one with God, divine Love, I could never be separated from comfort, joy, affection, compassion, and tenderness. I didn’t need to be sick to feel loved! 

Within minutes, I felt peace instead of pain and rejoiced that I had found a deeper understanding of Love. That was the end of the colitis, and I’ve had no trace of the problem in the more than four decades since. This healing led to a lifelong commitment to the study and practice of Christian Science. 

If we judge the value of a tree by the quality of its fruit, Christian Science is priceless. And the good tree of Christian Science is available for individual healing as well as the world’s benefit. In the prophetic words of the Bible, it is “the tree of life . . . . And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2, New International Version).

Debbie Peck
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, US

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