From a very young age, I grew up attending a Christian Science Sunday School. The truths I learned there, including the fact that God is ever present and available to help and heal, have always stayed with me.
My mother worked as the Clerk of our branch Church of Christ, Scientist, and sometimes I would go along with her and dance through the beautiful church auditorium close by her office. One of these times, I heard a message from God very clearly and directly. It was a simple message, but very powerful: “You are good.” I understood this to mean that we reflect God, who is only good—that God made me and all of us, and we are His children.
A few years later, when I was about nine years old, I began to experience symptoms of asthma. My parents would call a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me, and I would soon feel better. But the problem persisted, and once again I would have difficulty breathing, playing sports, and having a normal routine. During this time, my mom and dad were not only supportive and comforting, but were also actively praying for me. I knew that all my needs were being met and that I could go directly to God and find lasting freedom.
One night, I had been wheezing and coughing quite a bit, and on the way to the bathroom in the morning, I fainted in the hallway. With my parents’ immediate help I got up and used the bathroom; then, after a light breakfast, I asked to return to my room to pray on my own and find permanent healing.
In my Sunday School class, we were learning how, in a time of great need because of a severe fall on an icy sidewalk, Mary Baker Eddy turned to her Bible. While reading an account of one of Christ Jesus’ healings, Mrs. Eddy was completely healed of life-threatening injuries. So with this in mind, I turned to my Bible and opened it. My eyes fell on this passage from the book of Isaiah: “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? … He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (40:28–31).
I was in awe at the relevance of these words to my situation. In fact, they brought complete healing. I was filled with gratitude that God had answered my prayer. My strength was renewed, and I was able to participate in school activities, run and play, and breathe freely. This healing has remained permanent over the several decades since. It is a reminder to let childlike trust be present in healing.
Sanford, Florida, US
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