For two weeks I was feeling weak and not wanting to do anything. The symptoms were those associated with malaria. When I started to pray about this, things improved and I continued my normal activities.
Two weeks later, I got up one morning and set about my usual activities, including going to the school where I was helping students prepare for their final exams. While I was in the classroom, I started to feel the symptoms again. I denied in prayer this mental suggestion, because I recognized that I was being tempted to believe in the existence of disease, and that this temptation was like the talking serpent in the third chapter of Genesis—a liar! I knew God didn’t make disease, and therefore, disease was not real and could not be a part of His creation. I prayed and worked to take a stand against this aggressive claim of malaria. I had had other healings through prayer in Christian Science, so I wanted to rely on God in this situation, as well.
The next day and evening were very challenging with various symptoms. I continued to turn to God in prayer, and the thought came so strongly that disease and related symptoms are errors; they’re not of God.
Because in the Nyarugusu refugee camp where I live there is a law that we must report any illness to the hospital or a health center, I reported the illness to a medical nurse but didn’t ask for any medication.
That evening, I took my copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy and opened it at random. The marginal heading on page 384 that reads, “Not matter, but Mind” became the foundation and cornerstone of my understanding and grounded my faith against this belief. I realized that I was not made by matter but by divine Mind, God.
Later that evening, the symptoms became more severe, and I was very ill. I continued to hold in consciousness that I am not made from matter but am the spiritual offspring of God, the real image of God, and that this disease was just a suggestion of a supposed “talking serpent.” When the symptoms became even more extreme, including the inability to move normally or breathe freely, I asked a friend who was with me to read aloud to me “the scientific statement of being” from page 468 of Science and Health. He seemed fearful, and one minute was advising me to go to a hospital, and the next was reading to me as I had requested.
I decided I should call my Christian Science teacher, but couldn’t get through to her. The thought came to be in touch with an experienced Christian Scientist I know who is also a Christian Science nurse. I sent an audio message asking for prayerful support. At a later point, a Christian Science practitioner was contacted to give prayerful treatment for me.
Before I went to sleep, I prayed the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual sense from Science and Health. I thought about one of the lines given by Christ Jesus, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” with its spiritual interpretation provided by Mrs. Eddy: “Enable us to know,—as in heaven, so on earth,—God is omnipotent, supreme” (p. 17). I came to realize that if I really grasped and yielded to the supremacy of God, my thought would be elevated so that no mortal thought or belief of disease could touch me or reach me, because in actuality I am dwelling in the supremacy of my Father-Mother God. I knew that truly embracing the will of God, good, means understanding that I am not living in matter but in Spirit, and that His will provides harmony for His children.
I also prayed with ideas from “the scientific statement of being.” I continued to acknowledge that I am made in God’s image. I thought of First John 3:1–3 in the Bible, and knew that I am a son of God, His likeness—so where could the disease come from? In truth, it can’t come, because it is only an error, or belief. I went to sleep with an understanding of dwelling in harmony in God, not in matter.
I slept very calmly until the next morning. I continued praying, and there was improvement until I felt completely healed within two to three weeks. This healing took place about a year ago, and the symptoms have not recurred. I thank God to have experienced such a wonderful healing as this.
Kasulu, Kigoma, Tanzania
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