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Abscessed tooth healed

From the December 16, 2013 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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Earlier this year, one of my teeth became sensitive over a period of a few days. It then became quite painful, with swelling in the area around it. As my prior career for over 15 years was in dentistry, I recognized the signs of an abscessed tooth.

At this time my family was also going through financial challenges, and as I didn’t have dental insurance, I was reluctant to see a dentist about the situation. Yet, for a time I had been attending Christian Science church services with my husband, and also attending a weekly Bible Lesson discussion group where we talked about how we applied the Lesson to church and our lives. So my choice was to address the situation through Christian Science treatment. I also called a Christian Science practitioner to help me.

I wanted to stay home from work to focus on prayer, but didn’t want to think of myself as sick. The practitioner and I decided I could have a “prayer day” instead of a sick day—it would be a day dedicated to healing. This decision reminded me that when my children were young, I would have a “mommy and me” day with each of them to spend time together. So this became a day to spend with my true parent: a “God and me” day to spend in thought, prayer, praise, and listening to God.

It took some time to quiet my thoughts and to focus only on God, to sit and be still. (There are so many distractions from phones, Internet, TV, work, family, and even just noticing things around the house that need our attention.) I found a quiet space in our home and started off with a prayer of gratitude and then prayer for God’s guidance. I opened the Bible for some encouragement and read this passage in Jeremiah: “Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them” (33:6, English Standard Version).

As I prayed with this thought, other verses came to mind from the Old and New Testaments, such as “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. ... It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones” (Proverbs 3:5, 8, English Standard Version) and “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (Colossians 3:14, New King James Version). I really reflected on these passages and took them to heart; I also listened to and sang hymns that helped focus my thought. These passages reminded me that God, Love, is my healer. I knew that instead of “leaning on my own understanding,” fretting about what might be wrong with my tooth, I could trust that I was made in the image and likeness of God. Since I was totally spiritual, this precluded any possibility of pain or infection.

As I prayed, I thought about someone with whom I’d recently had a business relationship. This person had been falsely accused of something, and I had dealt with her unjustly, though I hadn’t realized it until new facts were brought to my attention. Now, I felt I needed to make things right with the person. I sent her a message to see if we could talk so I could apologize for the circumstances that led to my actions. She was surprised to hear from me, and said that forgiveness had already been given. She added that she felt she had grown in knowing what love truly was. Before I’d even reached out to her, the healing had already been taking place!

As a result of this conversation, I saw more clearly that God is the abundant source of all love, and I reflected on that thought for the next few days. A couple of days later, I felt the infection surrounding my tooth drain away, leaving no evidence that it had ever been there. It was so sudden that at first I thought: Is this healing really complete? I had never experienced anything like it before, and I knew from my dental training that this condition would not be expected to simply resolve on its own.

I am so thankful for the practitioner’s support, and for gaining a clearer understanding that God is always with us. Once we let go of the lie that some material element is “not right” and commit to seeing what is true, healing can happen very quickly. It has been over six months since this healing and my tooth is painless and normal.

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