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Eating disorder ended

From the September 30, 2013 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

I’d like to share a healing that shows the power of Christian Science prayer to heal issues and conditions thought to be addictive.

As a teenager, I developed an eating disorder that continued into my 20s; I would often decide to throw up my food after eating. It was in my 20s that I really discovered and committed to Christian Science. 

Shortly after marriage, I became an active member of a wonderfully loving, growing Christian Science branch church full of people who were eager to learn about healing. I was really progressing spiritually in this environment and had several encouraging healings, but I hadn’t really addressed the eating disorder because I found it so embarrassing. I just couldn’t bring myself to admit what I’d been doing or come to terms with my need for help. 

Then I became pregnant with my first child. Not wanting this eating disorder to continue, especially as I carried this precious child, I genuinely desired that my nurturing of the child would reflect the deep spiritual nourishing I felt I was receiving moment by moment from our sweet Father-Mother God. 

Shortly after, on my “mental knees” and in a most desperate state because I was tempted once again to purge recently eaten food, I asked God what to do. Instantly led by spiritual intuition, I called a dear friend in the church and told her what was going on. Her response was filled with assurance, hope, and unconditional love, without the slightest hint of condemnation. She exuded loving care and exemplified the Bible verse about being so naturally willing to pray for another in need, to be “instant in season, out of season” (II Timothy 4:2). 

The sense of comfort and affection that I felt right away was warm and all-enveloping. Suddenly, I felt very worthy of God’s love and shed tears of humble gratitude, completely free of any of the old, habitual pull related to the eating disorder. That was literally the end of the issue. I was immediately healed and have never again been tempted in this direction, remaining free from the condition that had plagued and undermined me for so long.

The pregnancy was natural and harmonious, and my baby boy came into the family healthy. To this day, I feel so touched by my friend’s receptivity and willingness. She must have trusted God so much, just as I had hoped. This was a huge healing for me, helping me not just physically, but also in taking a giant step forward spiritually, in learning about the laws of harmony that actually govern us, laws so clearly exemplified by Jesus and put forth in Mary Baker Eddy’s writings. 

I love that Christian Science is so readily accessible to us all. This healing fed my heart with a pure affection and a peace I had never known. Today it still reminds me of what Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy says about what’s involved in scientific healing prayer: “The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour in truth through flood-tides of Love” (p. 201). 

Thank you, Father!

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