Divine Love’s warm embrace heals

When I was an infant, my mother took up the study and practice of Christian Science, and the blessings that have flowed from this are immeasurable. Besides countless physical healings, I am deeply grateful for what I have learned of God as the infinite divine Principle, Love. To know God not just through what I have heard or through what I have read in the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, but through what I have experienced of this divine Love, is a precious gift.

In my late teens, on advice from a dentist, I had my wisdom teeth removed. That night, as the anesthetic wore off, the pain in my mouth became so intense that I could only lie on the sofa in tears, feeling unable to think or pray. But my mother was praying for me, and before long a sudden mental hush replaced the anguish, and in my thought I heard the words “O gentle presence” (Mary Baker Eddy, Poems, p. 4). With those words, and the profound quiet that accompanied them, came a complete cessation of the pain. Not a vestige of it remained or returned. This was just one of many times that I have experienced the presence and healing power of divine Love.

More recently, about ten years ago I was riding my young horse, Aari, when he spooked, throwing me off balance, and then sent me flying high through the air. Although I was wearing a helmet, the next thing I remember was calling my husband on my cellphone and saying, “I’m not sure where I am, but I think I just fell off Aari.” My husband was several hours away, so he asked some neighbors to care for me until he could get home. He also called a Christian Science practitioner to give me Christian Science treatment. 

The practitioner called me immediately. He reminded me that consciousness and intelligence come from God, divine Mind, not from chemicals in a brain, and assured me that he was praying for me. Again I felt the warm embrace of divine Love. Soon, I became aware that I was sitting in the pasture above our barn. When our neighbors arrived a few minutes later, I was able to get up, greet them, and assure them with complete confidence that God was taking perfect care of me. 

I was mentally clear enough to direct them in feeding our horses for the evening. They took me to their home and insisted I stay there until my husband arrived. I spent the time quietly praying and listening to that week’s Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly, which one of our daughters read to me over the phone. By the time my husband picked me up, I felt normal. 

The next day I called the practitioner and told him how grateful I was for his help, which I felt I no longer needed. A mild mental haziness lingered over the next week, but after I mentioned it to my husband, who immediately supported me in prayer, that also cleared up completely.

I could fill a book with all the healings that Christian Science has brought to our family since my mother took up its study, proving over and over the verity of what was revealed to Mrs. Eddy—the demonstrable laws of Love behind Christ Jesus’ wonderful works.

Nancy Humphrey Case
Thetford Center, Vermont, US

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