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Hymns heal

From the August 20, 2012 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

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About a year and a half ago, I was home alone and between activities for my two teenage children. It was a welcome relief to be in an empty house for a while. But about 15 minutes after this quiet time started, a sharp pain began to develop in my stomach. At first I thought, What caused this? What did I eat? Why is this happening? 

But then, just as quickly, came the thought: God has not caused this pain, it is untrue, so don’t accept it. I wish I could say that this simple idea healed me right then and there, but I still had more to learn.

As I hobbled into the kitchen to check on some food cooking in the oven, a thought came to me to sing. So I asked God what it was I should sing, and a song popped into my head from a CD, produced by The Christian Science Publishing Society, that I had played many times to my children when they were young. One line from the song was very similar to a sentence found in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being” (p. 361).  

I sang the line from the song on that CD many times, over and over to myself, still standing in the kitchen. As I repeated it, the deep meaning of the words resonated in my thought, and I felt much better. 

But, I still was not completely free, so I asked God what else I should do, and I was told to go to the piano and play “Mother’s Evening Prayer,” a poem by Mrs. Eddy that is set to words in the Christian Science Hymnal. I obeyed and began to play the arrangement found on page 208 of the Hymnal, which happened to be one of my favorites. So as to not make a mistake (I am not the best piano player in the world!), I played very slowly through all five verses. I really found this specific hymn to be quite moving; the hymn as a whole really comforted me and assured me of God’s gentle presence. It brought me peace, yet I was still feeling a few twinges of pain. Then, I proceeded to play a couple more hymns, and before I knew it, I realized I was completely pain-free. I rejoiced in this quick and complete demonstration of healing. 

The really neat thing about this healing is that just before experiencing the stomach pain, I had called and left a voice mail for a Christian Science practitioner about a completely unrelated issue. Later that evening the practitioner returned my call and left me a message telling me to study, in depth, “Mother’s Evening Prayer.” That was proof positive to me, that this healing poem had been an angel message. God, the one divine Mind, had spoken to both the practitioner and me, and my receptive heart was ready for the blessing.

 

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