My family and I had planned a special trip to go to Europe for ten days over my spring break from school. I was very excited to be leaving North America for the first time.

But two days before we were supposed to get on a plane, my head started to hurt. And just one day before the trip, it hurt so bad that I had to stay home from school. A sharp pain in my ears also bothered me every time I said something, and even just when I was listening to other people. I was worried I might have to miss the trip I'd looked forward to.

That morning at home, I prayed. I'd had healings before, so I knew that I could turn to God for comfort and to be free from pain. But my ears still hurt hours later, and I started to feel frustrated. My mom and I talked and decided that it would be a good idea for me to call a Christian Science practitioner for some extra prayerful help. At first I procrastinated because I wasn't really open to the idea. But my mom kept encouraging me, so I finally did.

The practitioner asked me to read the first chapter of Genesis from the Bible along with him. As he read, he emphasized the words "And God said," every time they came up (see Genesis, chapter 1). This was really inspiring, and it made me realize that nothing could ever stop me from hearing God's messages. This chapter in Genesis emphasized that God created me only good, in His "image" and "likeness," so I realized this pain I felt couldn't be something He knew about. It couldn't even be real, because it didn't come from Him.

For the rest of the day, I thought about some things I like to pray with a lot. I knew that I was God's child and there could never be a problem in my life that's too big for Him to handle. There was a place in Science and Health that talked about how "trials are proofs of God's care" (p. 66).To me, this meant that with God, I could win all my "cases," because there's nothing He can't solve.

Right before I went to bed that night, I was feeling really peaceful despite the lingering headache. I still couldn't hear well and my ears were ringing loudly, but I was calm. My mom came into my room and sat beside my bed, reading from the Bible to me. She started with Genesis 1, and then I asked her to read from Psalms.

One of the lines from a psalm my mom shared was, "Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer" (4:1). I liked this verse because it reminded me that God was hearing my prayers, and I knew that I was hearing Him, too.

Even before the symptoms of the problem went away, I knew that I was healed. I fell asleep listening to my mom reading, and I kept thinking about this line from "the scientific statement of being" in Science and Health: ". . . man is not material; he is spiritual" (p. 468). I'd heard this read many times before in Sunday School, and now it was comforting me.

The next morning, I woke up free from any pain, and my hearing was back to normal. I was ready to go to the airport. Even when our plane was taking off that day, my ears didn't bother me with the change in pressure. The trip with my family was amazing. We flew into Paris, drove to London, and got to visit Rome. It turned out to be one of the best trips I'd ever gone on—and I felt great the whole time.

I'm so grateful that this healing was permanent. After this experience, I've been happy to talk to my family or to practitioners when I need help in prayer. And I learned that God will always be right there for me whenever I may have a challenge standing in my way. icss

January 28, 2008

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