Erase and 'redraw'

Justin

I had a really great healing. I want to share it with other teens and kids so they can see that Christian Science really does heal! 

One day last summer, while my cousin Nathan was visiting me at my house, I woke up not feeling very well. My stomach was hurting a little, but I thought that maybe I was just hungry, so I decided to fix myself a bowl of cereal. After I ate it, though, I could tell that the cereal wasn’t going to stay down. And it didn’t! My cousin and I were home alone that day since both my mom and dad had to work. Nathan is a year older than me, so my parents knew that we would be fine on our own, and we had planned to do a bunch of fun stuff like riding our bikes, shooting hoops, and playing video games. 

I didn’t want to give in to the “error,” or mistaken thinking, that was trying to tell me there was something more real than God’s love, and that pain was going to be a part of my day. It didn’t seem right that I wouldn’t be able to have fun with my cousin. But instead of praying about the situation like I’d learned to do in Sunday School, I decided to just try to ignore it. 

Nathan and I went for our bike ride. I was actually feeling pretty good for most of the ride, but after about an hour, my stomach began hurting again and we had to go back to my house. I had just decided to lie down and rest when my mom called to check up on us and see how we were doing. I told her that I wasn’t feeling well, so she immediately began praying and giving me some spiritual truths to think about. “Truths” are statements or ideas about who you really are as a child of God. In Sunday School classes, I have learned how to see myself and others as created in God’s image and likeness. 

My mom reminded me that I could erase the mental picture of my upset stomach and mentally “redraw” myself as spiritual, as God sees me, whole, safe, loved, and free of pain. Thinking about things that way usually helps me. I had been healed many other times when I did this “erase and redraw” in my thinking.

After my mom hung up the phone, I thought about what she had said and continued to pray. My stomach was still upset and painful, but after a little while I fell asleep. When I woke up, my mom was home and she was sitting by my bed. She’d come home from work a little early and asked me how I was feeling. I told her that I still didn’t feel well. 

My mom reminded me that I could mentally "redraw" myself as spiritual, as God see me.

“Well,” she said, “this household belongs to God. It is so full of truth and love that there is no place or room in it for error.” She then began to read the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson to me out loud. The subject of the Lesson for that week was “God” and each section talked about one of the seven synonyms, or names, for God found in Science and Health. The seven synonyms are Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. As my mom began reading each section of the Lesson, I could feel the truth working. In other words, I could feel the truth I was hearing was having an effect. It was almost like this Lesson had been created just for me, for this healing! When the “error” tried one last time to sneak in as pain, the truth and love that was expressed in the Lesson citations chased it away. By the time my mom got to the last section, the pain was gone and I was completely healed! 

I got up and spent the rest of the day hanging out with my cousin. I ate a regular meal for dinner and have not had an upset stomach since.

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