No more menstrual cramps

Originally appeared online in the teen series Your Healings -  February 7, 2023.

I was getting ready to leave for a trip with my mom to visit a college when I started experiencing painful menstrual cramps. My period had started the day before, but normally I never get cramps, which is why I was so surprised by the pain. Because I’ve grown up going to Christian Science Sunday School, I’m usually pretty quick to pray about things that need resolution. But this time I was too focused on the discomfort to think about praying. My mom asked me what was wrong and then suggested I call a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me. 

As the practitioner and I spoke on the phone, the pain eased up a lot. I’d been scared that the cramps would ruin my day and the trip, but these fears went away as I listened to what she was saying. She shared a hymn for me to think about, which happens to be one of my favorites. It’s Hymn 148 in the Christian Science Hymnal and begins, “In heavenly Love abiding, / No change my heart shall fear.” Another line that I love says this: “My Shepherd is beside me, / And nothing can I lack” (Anna L. Waring). 

 I was too focused on the discomfort to think about praying.

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