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From the October 1, 2007 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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.

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