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‘I can rely on God for healing’

From the January 7, 2019 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

I have been attending the Christian Science Sunday School for the last nine years. There I have learned that I can rely on God for healing, and through prayer I have overcome fear in school exams, and have had healings of relationship problems as well as an issue with my eye. I would like to share the healing of my eye, because it gave me more of an understanding of God’s healing power.

One morning when I woke up, my eyes were very irritated. Initially I ignored the discomfort, but soon my left eye became swollen, and a boil appeared next to it.

My grandfather, who is not a Christian Scientist, was concerned about the boil. He took me to an eye specialist, who diagnosed an infection in my eye and prescribed some medicine. I had no desire to take the medicine, because of what I had learned in Sunday School about God’s constant care for me. So I placed it in a cupboard so my grandfather would not feel offended. I wanted to have a permanent healing by relying on prayer.

My eye was hurting a lot, but I wasn’t afraid, because I remembered the healings I’d had in the past. I prayed with this helpful passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “There is no pain in Truth, and no truth in pain; ...” (p. 113). Truth is another name for God, and I knew that since God did not create pain, I could not experience it.

I wanted to have a permanent healing by relying on prayer.

I was grateful that after praying this way, I wasn’t in as much pain. But the swelling and boil were still there, so the next morning I asked a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me. She shared two passages from Science and Health that were very helpful. The first was the spiritual definition of eyes from the Glossary: “Spiritual discernment,—not material but mental” (p. 586). And the second was: “Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s government. Have no fear that matter can ache, swell, and be inflamed as the result of a law of any kind, when it is self-evident that matter can have no pain nor inflammation” (p. 393).

As I prayed with these passages, I began to understand that there is no law that could cause my eyes to become swollen or inflamed; as God’s creation, I am spiritual and subject only to God’s laws of good. I also saw more clearly that I permanently include the divine qualities of purity and health. 

Within a few days, both the swelling and the boil disappeared, and my eye was back to normal. From this experience, my confidence that all things are possible with God increased, and now I am even more committed to the teachings of Christian Science. 

I thank God for this healing.

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