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Healing of blocked hearing
Originally published in French.
It has been inspiring to study the Bible story of the children of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, which is sometimes included in the weekly Bible Lesson published in the Christian Science Quarterly.
It occurred to me that all the different challenges they faced represent personal sense in different forms. For instance, Pharaoh could represent stubborn, oppressive human will; only under the immense duress of ten plagues did he release the Israelites. The lack of food and water the Israelites faced in the wilderness could represent the aggressive notion that we can lack sufficient spiritual understanding, intelligence, and inspiration to overcome a problem.
But through God we can overcome such errors. In the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy defines children of Israel as “the representatives of Soul, not corporeal sense; the offspring of Spirit, who, having wrestled with error, sin, and sense, are governed by divine Science; some of the ideas of God beheld as men, casting out error and healing the sick; Christ’s offspring” (p. 583).
Like the children of Israel, each of us, if we’re wrestling with ill health or an ungodlike character trait, can persevere until freedom is gained. Throughout the journey from personal sense to Soul-sense—the spiritual sense inherent in each of us—the merciful, tender, and patient love of God is here, able to prevail over every obstacle to discovering and demonstrating safety and well-being. Through prayer, we are lifted to a higher understanding of God’s allness and our true and unlimited identity as God’s much-loved children.
At one point, I experienced a problem with my hearing in one ear, which seemed to be blocked. Whenever I noticed this problem, I would affirm that a loving God had not caused it, and thus it had no right to be part of my experience. Science and Health provides a spiritual definition of ears as “not organs of the so-called corporeal senses, but spiritual understanding” (p. 585). I also affirmed that as an idea of God, I was not lacking in spiritual understanding. We all have the inherent capacity to know God and experience God’s healing power.
I continued to pray in this way over a couple of weeks, and soon realized the problem had disappeared. It hasn’t returned since.
I am truly grateful to be a student of Christian Science.
Betty Lynn Evans
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