A few years ago I was stricken with what I believed was dengue fever. I had become familiar with its symptoms after visiting two young boys who were afflicted by it and hospitalized for several days.
The initial symptoms surfaced suddenly late one afternoon while I was at my place of work, and they quickly became more alarming. The first question that came to mind was, Should I go to a doctor or hospital, or treat myself in Christian Science?
I have been a student of Christian Science for many years and have had many healings, including of tuberculosis, acute sinusitis, influenza, and dry cough, through prayer. Two months before this physical challenge I had taken a course in Christian Science Primary class instruction, which taught me how to pray more effectively and heal. Encouraged by what I’d learned about God’s omnipotence in this class, and remembering that “trials are proofs of God’s care” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 66), I decided to rely entirely on God for healing.
Upon reaching home, I immediately changed into my pajamas and went to bed. It was about 5:00 p.m. My household sensed that something was wrong with me to go to bed that early and miss my supper. But I did not tell them about my condition because I did not want them to think fearful thoughts about my prospects.
Throughout the night I wrestled with the seeming reality of disease. I prayed, declaring its unreality and powerlessness since God is the only power, the All-in-all, for He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient Spirit. As His image and likeness, my being is spiritual and cannot be afflicted with any kind of illness or malady. I kept going over “the scientific statement of being” found on page 468 of Science and Health, affirming the allness and goodness of God and my perfection in God’s image and likeness. With these prayers and my unflinching trust that God is the greatest physician and heals all our diseases, as Psalms 103:3 says, I fell asleep.
When I woke up at about 4:00 a.m. the next day, the fever and chills were gone. The other symptoms disappeared within a little over a week. I was totally healed.
This healing proved to me once more the efficacy of Christian Science treatment and the love that God has for all of His children. It has had the salutary effect of further strengthening my confidence in becoming a Christian Science practitioner.
When I told my Christian Science teacher about this healing, she said I’d proved myself faithful. What a gratifying and edifying statement to hear! My gratitude to our Father-Mother God for this healing, and to Mrs. Eddy for discovering Christian Science, is endless.
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