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A few years ago I awakened shortly after midnight with severe...

From the January 25, 1975 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


A few years ago I awakened shortly after midnight with severe pain in the lower portion of my body. For some time I prayed, acknowledging God's allness and man's perfection as His likeness, but without relief. I finally felt I could not stand the discomfort much longer, and I silently cried out, "Dear God, why don't I get any relief? I've been relying on Truth."

On page 581 in the Glossary of the textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, is a definition of "angels" which reads in part, "God's thoughts passing to man." Immediately the following came to my thought (Isa. 26:3): "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." The word "stayed" seemed to be emphasized. Then I saw why I wasn't getting any relief. This Bible verse contains a rule for scientific demonstration and the reward for following that rule is peace. I was not following the rule, for one moment I was trusting in God to heal me, and the next moment I was dwelling on my suffering.

I became determined to be obedient to this glimpse of the truth. No matter how unpleasant the material picture, I refused to accept one false suggestion or entertain anything in my consciousness but pure ideas from God. Truths from inspiring Bible passages and from the textbook and the Christian Science Hymnal came to me. I did not just recite them mentally, but thoughtfully pondered the words and accepted them as the reality of man's being as God's child.

When the alarm went off in the morning, I was still lying in bed awake, contemplating the truths of God and man, and to my joy I realized that I was perfectly free of any pain or discomfort. I had been obedient to the biblical rule to keep my thought stayed on God, Spirit. Because I was obedient, I was healed, receiving peace and comfort.

Another healing was that of our youngest daughter when she was eleven years old. When we went to the dentist to get her teeth cleaned, X rays were taken. The dentist informed me that our daughter had two teeth in her upper jaw that were in a lateral position, and that she would need to go to the hospital and have surgery to have the teeth turned around into a downward position. I thanked him for his concern, and we left. By the time we got into our car my daughter was in tears. I reminded her that we are Christian Scientists, and are learning that God is man's Physician, and that "with God all things are possible" (Mark 10:27). I assured her that there was nothing to fear from an authority based on materially educated mortal beliefs. This material education in mortal beliefs knew nothing about spiritual facts and the truths of being, which we had learned through the study of Christian Science.

Our daughter and I realized that true identity as God's reflection consists of spiritual ideas and qualities—not material elements. We knew God to be the only cause and creator and that He "saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Gen. 1:31). She was reminded that "divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" (Science and Health, p. 494). I told her that if she was going to declare and know that every idea in God's creation is rightly placed, then she must live the truth of these words by being more orderly in her room and in every way she could. She was told that she was old enough to acknowledge God's ever-presence and power, that I expected her to affirm her established perfection every time she thought of her teeth, and I assured her I would do the same. In about six months one tooth appeared in its proper position, and within a year the second tooth had also come down properly.

When our daughter returned a year later to have her teeth cleaned, the dentist asked her if she had been to an orthodontist. She replied, "No, we just worked it out." Knowing we were Christian Scientists, he exclaimed, "That's wonderful!" He took more X rays and then called in his nurse to observe the first X rays in contrast to the ones he had just taken, and told her what had happened. He remarked that in all his time in dentistry he had never heard of any teeth being in a lateral position ever coming down in their proper place without surgery.


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