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Man roused from death
I would like to express my gratitude to my wife and for the healing power of Christian Science treatment during a period of severe illness. As I dozed off to sleep one evening, I felt as though it might be for the last time. I was extremely ill, and just wanted to be rid of the feeling. I don't recall how long I was asleep, but I do remember feeling as though I were slowly being levitated above my body. It was as though I were looking at myself lying there with my wife by my side. At first, I felt at peace as I appeared to move higher.
My fever and all feelings of delirium were gone.
It was then that I heard my wife calling to me, telling me to awake from this dream. Through her prayers and understanding of the divine power, I was instantly taken back and awakened. My fever and all feelings of delirium were gone. I experienced a complete healing, and I am eternally grateful for the healing power of Christian Science and for the love of my wife.
William J. Nisbet
Randolph A.F.B., Texas
One evening my husband suddenly became ill and asked me to pray for him. He soon appeared to be delirious. To remove any fear, I began reading the Bible Lesson found in the Christian Science Quarterly and articles from various issues of the Sentinel. In the course of my reading, I came upon this passage from Science and Health: "To the Christian Science healer, sickness is a dream from which the patient needs to be awakened" (p. 417).
I realized we were believing that this situation was real and powerful, when it was—like a dream—only real until we "woke up" to the truth of spiritual reality. What is actually happening to each one of us is that God is continuously giving us life and health. These truths freed me from fear.
I turned back to my husband, and he seemed to have passed on. I remember that this thought immediately came to me: There is no time to be afraid or to doubt God's power. An incredible feeling of calm came to me, and I read the passage again. This time I substituted the word death for sickness. Death "is a dream from which the patient needs to be awakened." I firmly shouted to my husband, "Wake up, this is only a dream. God is your Life."
He opened his eyes and said, "I feel so peaceful." I asked him if he knew what had just happened. He said, "I just had the strangest dream. I was floating on the ceiling, and I could see my body lying on the bed. I feel fine now; my fever's gone. Good night." He slept normally through the night, and the next morning he went off to work as usual. Nothing has ever compared to the joy I felt that night. The joy in knowing that the life God gives man is indestructible, eternal.
Some other proofs of God's healing power in my life have included healings of impetigo, warts, ringworm, fevers, and relationship problems. I am profoundly grateful for God's love and for all the people who have shared the teachings of Christian Science with my family.
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