Vision healed, and a new start

At one time many years ago, I found myself in a dark place. Our family business was in trouble and my marriage was on the rocks. One day when one of our sons took money out of our change drawer, I felt I just couldn’t take it anymore. The amount missing was only about $30, but I was heartbroken. At that same time, I had been having trouble with one of my eyes—I couldn’t see clearly out of it.

I could write pages about how I prayed during this trying time, but in short, I reminded myself over and over that God was with me. I knew I reflected Him, and because of that fact, there was a healing answer to all the challenges I was facing. I started to realize that I had been lulled to sleep, in a way—wanting just to ride out the financial and marital difficulties, or even to hide in that feeling of mental darkness. I prayed often with Jesus’ statement, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22). This was a reminder to me that I have only one Mind, God, and that this Mind governs me and everyone. Furthermore, I started to see that God is my Life—and that therefore, my life was filled with blessings, right then.

My eyes truly were opened as I prayed—the vision difficulty was healed, and I felt such a sense of spiritual inspiration that I knew I could face the other challenges. I knew that in running our family business, I was seeking only to follow God’s direction; I was truly “about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). I reminded myself that “Love is reflected in love” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 17), which meant that this perfect divine Love would also be reflected in my marriage. I also insisted in prayer that I could behold the perfect spiritual nature of my son. I truly felt God’s presence, making “crooked things straight” (Isaiah 42:16). So much healing was going on! The light of Truth was filling my thinking, and my family felt it too. During this time our family business became financially sound once again and my marriage returned to a stable footing. My husband and I have now been married for more than 21 years.

Years later, when our youngest son was caught sneaking candy out of the candy jar, I heard my oldest son—the one who had taken the money years ago—say to him: “You want to be honest in everything you do, Robert. I know you’re honest!” What love! I later asked my son why he had said that to his little brother so sweetly, and he responded: “Mom, that’s what you said to me when I stole that money. And I never did that again!” This showed me how prayer ripples outward and can cause such unforgettable transformation!

Christian Science gives us dominion and freedom and teaches us how to face every challenge—by seeing harmony in our lives right now! I am most grateful.

Heather Bauer
Suwanee, Georgia, US

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