When I came to the United States from EI Salvador, I was suffering from severe pain in my stomach and other symptoms that I did not recognize.
After I had some tests taken, a doctor told me I had acute chronic colitis, which he said was very difficult to cure. According to him, the disease had already advanced too far to treat. This really shook me. I felt overwhelmed and thought I was going to die.
I began to take some medication the doctor had prescribed, but it didn't make me feel well. Soon I turned to natural medicines, also with no results. Convinced that I would not live, I decided to buy a shortwave radio to send as a present to my dad, who lived in EI Salvador, so that he would have something to remember me by.
One night I decided to test the radio to see if it worked. And as I turned the dial, I happened upon a Spanish-language radio program called EI Heraldo dela Ciencia Cristiana (The Herald of Christian Science). I listened to testimonies of healing by people from Argentina, Spain, and Mexico. According to their accounts, these people had read a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and had been healed through this reading. I became interested and wanted to know more about this.
At the end of the program, the host said that there were Christian Science Reading Rooms all over the world where you could purchase the book mentioned. So I looked for a Reading Room near where I lived, and straightway bought the book, without even leafing through it first. I took it home and began to read.
When I got to page 162, I was struck by the following passage: "Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies. Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth. It changes the secretions, expels humors, dissolves tumors, relaxes rigid muscles, restores carious bones to soundness. The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind." As I read this, I felt as if something warm was hugging me.
I continued reading and studying. After about two weeks, I found that all the symptoms of colitis had disappeared.
Soon after, I went back to the doctor, who gave me some tests and confirmed that I was completely healed. The healing has remained permanent.
The study of Science and Health completely changed my way of thinking. Before, I thought people were victims of disease, and that it was possible for us to get sick at any moment. Through my study of Christian Science, I've learned that God is with us and that He is our protection. As it says in Psalm 46, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (verse 1).
Another Bible passage that has meant a lot to me is in the book of Jeremiah: "Behold, I will bring it [Jerusalem] health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth" (33:6). I've come to understand that the medicine that God promises us, and that cures us, is spiritual.
Knowing more of God as divine Love has brought me much progress in life. For me, Christian Science has been like a tree that one can grab on to when drifting in a raging river, which finally enables one to climb out.
GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND, US
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