Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health, p. 368),...
Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health, p. 368), "When fear disappears, the foundation of disease is gone." I have proved this.
At one time I had a friend in my dormitory who had an operation to have a malignant lump removed from her breast. I expressed sympathy for her, but did not deny the reality of the condition in my own thought. Within a few days I manifested the same symptoms. I was so frightened that I could not even declare the simplest truths I had learned in Christian Science. I called a young man, a Christian Scientist I was dating (who is now my husband), and confided in him. He quickly pointed out that fear causes disease. We have only to realize the fullness of God's love for every one of His children to banish the sense of intruding fear. The healing was instantaneous and permanent.
A similar experience occurred later with my son, which showed the importance of guarding every thought and admitting only angel thoughts, which come from God. I had been discussing the problems of pollution with a friend. We had dwelt at length on disastrous situations involving smog-filled air, unsanitary waste disposal, and tainted food. Later that day our infant son seemed to develop an abnormal skin condition. It was not until the next day, after much mental searching, that I realized what type of thoughts I had been entertaining. I immediately reversed the suggestion that an idea of God can be tainted. As His pure ideas we all dwell in the universe of Mind and express only His holy and chaste thoughts. Since man, in God's sight, is pure, he is free and innocent of carnal tendencies. The whole of material pollution is merely a lie about man's purity. The next time the baby's clothes were changed I saw the condition was gone.
Although I am grateful for physical healing in Christian Science, the most precious lessons learned have been those which resulted in an understanding that our Father-Mother's plan for His children is the only right one. When my husband completed his graduate degree, we emerged into the working world with all the enthusiasm of youth. We were excited about the possibility of a part-time career in the armed services—a situation which might offer opportunities for travel and an escape from the small town we had to return to later to participate in a family business. These plans did not materialize.
We settled in the small town, my husband began work, and I was expecting a child. A sense of dissatisfaction and uncertainty about the future had to be overcome. We resolved to know daily that God has only good in store for His children, and that He places us in the situation where we will bless and be blessed the most. In my own thought a fear of stagnation had to be handled. As a student and later a high school teacher I had been used to a heavy schedule of human activity. But I found that my new situation offered time for more study, and for learning to let each day unfold by placing every moment and hour in God's hands. The meaning of Jesus' words became clear: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matt. 6:33).
I have never experienced one moment of boredom as a housewife and mother, for Mind is ever active, and our environment is as big as our thought realm. New opportunities to serve the Cause of Christian Science opened up; we were both elected to serve in the offices of Readers in our branch church. The small town turned out to be a haven from many modern material pressures, and unforeseen chances to travel occurred. As our newfound sense of true peace, satisfaction, and love of home increased, an opportunity came to buy a lovelier house than we had ever dreamed of owning.
This growth Spiritward had also culminated in the harmonious home delivery of our son. This took place in spite of suggestions that a willing doctor could not be found in such a rural area, that a Christian Science nurse could not come in time from the nearest large city, and that this might be a dangerous undertaking. I knew that "desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds" (Science and Health, p. 1)'. With the loving support of the practitioner the entire experience was an uplifting one, and the doctor gave credit to Christian Science for such a quick delivery.
I am humbly grateful to God for revealing the Christ, Truth, to humanity through His Son, Christ Jesus, and for Mrs. Eddy for the precious gift of Science and Health.
(Mrs.) Jenny Coddington Smucker
I would like to express my gratitude for the way that Science teaches us how to overcome any problem—mental, physical, or moral. I have witnessed all of the healings and experiences that my wife has related and attest to their validity and completeness. God truly is our Father-Mother, continually protecting us and guiding us to a better understanding of Him and of our relationship to Him. Each of these experiences related has created in our family a more complete sense of this relationship.Tim Smucker