On my way to volunteer on the evening shift at our Christian Science Reading Room, I stopped by the grocery store and picked up a couple of pieces of fried chicken. While I was driving and hurriedly eating, a chicken bone got stuck in my throat and would not move. To calm my fears, I held to the truth of God’s infinite presence, power, and loving care for each of us.
When the worker I was relieving left, I was still unable to speak clearly. I considered coughing to force the bone out of my throat, but did not feel comfortable doing that. The thought of trying to wash the bone down with water was equally uncomfortable.
But Psalms 46:1 promises, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” So I prayed and began to read the Bible Lesson for that week, found in the Christian Science Quarterly. As I became engrossed in the citations in this Lesson, which were from the Bible and from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, I forgot about the bone in my throat. About 15 minutes into this reading, I felt the bone dissolve and wash down my throat easily on its own, and there was no more distress.
A statement on page 421 of Science and Health helps explain this quick healing: “If you would destroy the sense of disease, you should not build it up by wishing to see the forms it assumes or by employing a single material application for its relief.”
On a different occasion, I woke up one morning at about 4 a.m. feeling extremely ill. My first thought was to reach for my Christian Science Hymnal for inspiration. Opening the book at random, I read the first stanza from a hymn with words by Samuel Greenwood:
No mortal sense can still or stay
The flight of silent prayer,
Unceasing, voiceless, heart-desire
That seeks God everywhere.
As I read these words, the burdensome sense of sickness vanished instantly, and I felt completely well. The suddenness of the healing reminded me of a statement from the chapter on prayer in Science and Health: “Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual,—neither in nor of matter,—and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well” (p. 14). This quick and permanent cure has given me a deeper assurance of the truth presented in Science and Health.
I was first given a copy of this book in college by the Christian Science organization on campus. Taking the book home and studying it regularly, I found it better than anything I was studying in school. The Bible and Science and Health are essential tools for spiritual inspiration, understanding, and healing that can always be turned to for help in time of need.
Fresno, California, US
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