Before I began learning about Christian Science, I was sick often and went to a doctor or an acupuncturist almost weekly. There seemed to always be something wrong with me physically or emotionally; plus, I felt mentally unstable. My self-worth was low, and I lacked confidence. I was often very depressed and filled with indecisiveness and self-pity; my life spiraled downward.
At one point I was diagnosed with a rare, incurable blood disease. The doctor gave me medicine, saying that it might help, but if it didn’t, I would just have to manage to live with the condition for the rest of my life. I thought to myself, “I will not accept this verdict, and I will find a way out!”
After going to an acupuncturist for a rash I had up and down my body and trying herbs, which didn’t help, I was desperate and exhausted from all of my challenges. My mom had begun studying Christian Science the year before, but I hadn’t been interested at that time. She’d tried to hand me copies of the Sentinel every so often. I wouldn’t accept them. But now I was willing to ask for her help.
I called Mom and asked her to pray for me. She said, “Yes, dear, and I want you to go see a Christian Science practitioner in New York tomorrow.” I said OK. The practitioner gave me a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. She talked to me about God and my spiritual nature as God’s expression. These ideas were so foreign to me, yet so compelling. I stopped taking the medicine and herbs and began receiving Christian Science treatment. I also immediately started reading Science and Health. Within four days, the rash that I’d had for months was completely gone. The symptoms related to the blood disease vanished within weeks.
When I started reading Science and Health, I realized that the symptoms I was experiencing were not real; they were mental suggestions coming to me. I could immediately dismiss them and replace them with the truth about my spiritual nature, and I did. I was no longer afraid of the illness. I no longer needed to believe the mental suggestions or give them any power when they came up. I had dominion because I knew the truth!
This passage from Science and Health helped me: “Mortals obtain the harmony of health, only as they forsake discord, acknowledge the supremacy of divine Mind, and abandon their material beliefs. Eradicate the image of disease from the perturbed thought before it has taken tangible shape in conscious thought, alias the body, and you prevent the development of disease” (p. 400).
After these healings, I started attending services at a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, in the area. That was in 1988, and I have had many healings over the years, including gaining freedom from the previously mentioned mental instability and depression. I’ve also been healed of asthma, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts, and have been able to follow through on wonderful opportunities by gaining decisiveness and joyful confidence. In 1991, I took Christian Science Primary class instruction, which prepares one for being a Christian Science practitioner, and I am now helping others through prayer part time. I am extremely grateful for Christian Science.
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