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Spot removed through ‘mental surgery’; joy restored

From the July 24, 2017 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

One morning, I found a black spot on the palm of my hand. My first thought was, “Oh, no—not another challenge.” Then I realized I needed to rise to the challenge and be willing to learn what needed to be learned.

The first thing I did was to claim the presence of God, good. I declared that since God is all present, nothing unlike Him could present itself to my experience. This is the same simple but powerful idea I learned in Sunday School: “There is not a spot where God is not.” I also knew that as God’s creation, I was created in His image, or likeness. As man, the spiritual image of God—and this includes everyone—we are perfect. Therefore, I was perfect, without fault. This meant that a seeming imperfection, manifest as a black spot, could not attach itself to me. I prayed with these ideas over the next few weeks and soon saw that the mark had decreased in size and intensity of color.

However, one Friday I sat down at my desk and decided that enough was enough. I asked God what I needed to understand. The thought came to me to declare that I am not in a mortal dream from which I need to be awakened. I am not the dreamer. I am the perfect expression of divine Mind, God, at the point of perfection already, fully awake and aware of my present perfection. I also prayed with this statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive” (p. 463). I declared that Christian Science heals, that the spiritual truths I was praying with are all powerful, and that health, or wholeness, was present. 

The next morning, I awoke feeling joyless and uninspired. I realized that the first order of business was to reclaim my inspiration, my conscious understanding of God’s presence. So, I got out my Bible and Science and Health to read the Christian Science Bible Lesson. But before I started reading, I felt directed to look at my palm, and immediately I saw that the black spot was completely gone. There was evidence of an incision around the area where the black spot had been, and new skin was evident. Needless to say, my inspiration was restored and I read the Bible Lesson with great joy, wrapped in the consciousness of God’s dear love for me, His precious child.

I am so grateful for Christian Science and what it has taught me about God—He is my closest, always-present friend, who comforts and guides me. God reveals to me that I can know, “even as also I am known” (I Corinthians 13:12), that I can see myself as God sees me: perfect, whole, and free. This healing occurred five years ago and has been permanent. I am so grateful to Mary Baker Eddy, for the wonderful Christian Science she discovered.

Margaret McCain La Grange 
Coronado, California, US

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