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Genuine healing

From the August 24, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


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I had a healing! It’s one that I’m so grateful for. 

What came to me was a desire to praise God and to see His full expression in myself and everyone around me. 

One day late last summer, when my mom and I were riding our bikes on flat terrain, my ears started to feel badly plugged up and they hurt. Immediately I had a pure, simple thought (something about being kind to others, as I recall), and my ears popped so that there was some relief. Then an angel message came to me—it was the importance of being “genuine”—and I realized that my ears popped a little more each time, the more I cherished genuine, spiritual, productive, grateful thoughts.

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Sometimes it’s easy for me to over-complicate Christian Science healing; however, this time I was happy just to be in the moment and willing to receive angel messages from God. As I wondered what else to pray about besides being genuine, I remembered something my grandmother had told me the day before about God’s qualities. We had talked about the fact that each of us is the expression of God, but that we all express God’s spiritual qualities in an individual and unique way. 

As I searched for a comforting thought, the idea came to me that when we’re genuinely striving to see only good, we’re naturally going to find it. What came to me was a desire to praise God and to see His full expression in myself and everyone around me. 

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— HAYLEY COOKE

Hymn 30 from the Christian Science Hymnal comforted me. The words come from a poem by Mary Baker Eddy. It starts this way: “Brood o’er us with Thy shelt’ring wing,” and it continues, “Pray that his spirit you partake, / Who loved and healed mankind.” It was so clear to me that we are all God’s children and that He takes care of all of us, all of the time. The hymn also assures us, “The arrow that doth wound the dove / Darts not from those who watch and love.” 

What came to me was a desire to praise God and to see His full expression in myself and everyone around me. 

As I began watching and loving more, being careful to accept that only God’s goodness is real, and loving the goodness I saw around me, I felt more of the “purity and peace; hope and faith” Mrs. Eddy refers to in her definition of dove in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 584). 

All of these ideas kept pouring in, and my ears were feeling better. When my mom and I arrived back home after a few hours, I told my mom about my healing and how grateful I was. She shared this verse from a hymn, also a poem by Mrs. Eddy: 

And o’er earth’s troubled, 
               angry sea
       I see Christ walk,
And come to me, and 
               tenderly,
       Divinely talk. 
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 253)

I felt such overwhelming joy, gratefulness, comfort, and love that I couldn’t help but smile, and it was then that my right ear fully popped. And that was the end of the problem. I am so grateful for this experience and for God’s constant, loving care!


Merran enjoys spending time with her family and hiking outdoors. She also loves playing soccer.

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