One Wednesday evening a few months ago, I was at home practicing the readings for that night's testimony meeting at my local Christian Science branch church. As First Reader, I regularly take some quiet time before each service to review the passages I've prepared from the Bible and Science and Health.
As I was practicing, my eye suddenly began to itch, and I rubbed it without thinking. Immediately, this eye began to feel very uncomfortable and irritated. When I looked in the mirror, I saw a blister had formed, which made it very difficult to see and to keep my eye open. Because I was supposed to read at church in about two hours, I became concerned about whether I should call a substitute and whether or not this person would even have enough time to get ready for the meeting.
Through my study of Christian Science, I had learned that quieting fear was the first step to healing. So I mentally turned my focus away from the physical problem and any concern regarding the logistics of the testimony meeting. Instead, I held to the spiritual fact that this testimony meeting was supported by divine Love and nothing could interfere with this rightful activity, since Love, God, was all-powerful. I affirmed that God was the very reason for this activity—a meeting to praise and testify of God's infinite goodness—so it must continue uninterrupted. This also meant that I should be able to fulfill my function as Reader without experiencing any irritation or discord.
Although my prayers gave me great comfort, my eye was still uncomfortable, and I was unsure how I would be able to go forward with the service. So I called a Christian Science practitioner, who agreed to pray for me. After we talked, I continued praying. I strove to understand that I was absolutely the image and likeness of the perfect Father-Mother, God, and as such, I reflected perfection without a single blemish or irritation.
Within an hour, I was able to open my eye normally and see clearly, even though I still felt a bit of irritation. I called the practitioner back and told her of the progress, but asked for her continued prayerful support. Over the next hour, all irritation I was feeling subsided and the blister went away. I was able to go to church, and read from the Bible and Science and Health with complete freedom. Although my eye was still a bit red where the blister had been, that evening I continued affirming my perfection as a child of God. In the morning I called the practitioner with a report of complete healing.
I'm very grateful for the dedicated practitioners who are always ready to help us through effective, scientific prayer and for the immediate power of Christian Science.
MILTON, WASHINGTON, US
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