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Gratitude for decades of healings

From the April 22, 2019 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


One of my favorite statements from the Bible is “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15).

This idea has prompted me all my life to share Christian Science joyously with others in my country and beyond. In this I’ve been inspired by a poem by Mary Baker Eddy titled “Christ My Refuge,” which has also been set to music in the Christian Science Hymnal. The last verse says: 

My prayer, some daily good to do
   To Thine, for Thee;
An offering pure of Love, whereto
   God leadeth me.
(Poems, p. 13)

These ideas are what cause me to want to share a testimony in witness of the healing power of the one infinite, eternal, ever-present Mind, God. Christian Science has healed me many times over many decades. I could write countless pages speaking of physical healings, resolution of employment and relationship issues, protection, and the meeting of financial needs—evidence of God’s goodness. What I share here is a small sample.

For years I couldn’t breathe when near a cat. There were times I would stay with friends I didn’t realize had a cat, and I would actually have to check in to a nearby hotel in the middle of the night. One day a friend and I attended the circus. We had ringside seats, and the animals paraded around in a circle many times. When horses came by, I was fine. Not so with all the exotic cats, such as tigers and lions, which triggered the symptoms.

That day I saw that the allergy was an absurd lie—that is, it wasn’t part of my true identity as God’s child. When I got home, I prayed to overcome the fear of this lie repeating itself. I realized that I could never be separated from the harmony of God, who expresses that harmony throughout His entire creation.

That was the end of the allergy; I am now completely free of any negative reaction to any species in the cat family. This healing took place over 35 years ago.

Another healing occurred one evening as I prepared to heat a slice of frozen pizza for dinner. I chose a knife to liberate one piece from the rest of the pie, but it slipped into the soft skin between my pointer and middle fingers.

I often begin my prayers with the statement “I know this can be healed, so why not now instead of the distant future?” In this case, too, I felt that sense of assurance. Then, inspired by Jesus’ example of thanking God before Lazarus rose from the dead (see John 11:41–44), I thanked God—even before the healing had taken place—while praying to know that I am already whole. That’s how God made and maintains each of us.

As I prayed, the flow of blood stopped instantly. The pain left in about ten minutes, and the wound closed up in a day. As Mrs. Eddy puts it in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “What cannot God do?” (p. 135).

Another time, around midnight I was searching for a parking place for my car. I found one about a block from my house, secured the car, and started for home. The street was deserted except for a man who was quickly coming directly toward me in a way that made me feel uncomfortable. It didn’t seem that I would have time before he reached me to either get to my house or get back to the car, unlock it, and drive away.

I immediately began to pray. I affirmed that this individual and I were spiritually related—brother and sister in the one true Mind, God—and were both naturally capable of expressing only God’s love and of thinking and acting only in pure and wholesome ways. I prayed to see the Christ, God’s message of love for all, which is speaking to everyone’s consciousness, expressed in this situation.

By this time the man was face to face with me. These were his first and only words before he departed, moving in another direction: “I was just going to do something to you, but I can’t remember what it was.”

When I got back home, my house-guest, also a student of Christian Science, joined me in praying to settle my thought and in affirming that only good can happen to God’s children.

My gratitude is a “shout-out” to God, Christ Jesus, Mrs. Eddy, my Christian Science teacher, Christian Science practitioners, Christian Science nurses, the Christian Science periodicals available on JSH-Online.com, the Concord online study tool, and dear friends who have lived Christian Science so sincerely, thereby helping me in my journey “from sense to Soul” (Science and Health, p. 266). Truly, the healing Christ is present today as it was in Jesus’ day—and has been eternally.

Marlyeen Stettner
San Francisco, California, US

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