I have seen the effectiveness of prayer as taught in Christian Science and have experienced healing throughout my life. A testimony in a recent Sentinel brought to mind several things I’d like to share.
In elementary school I was chosen to be one of a group of older students who helped lead games in the schoolyard. One day, after I took the hand of a little girl, she withdrew it, saying, “Ew! What’s that on your hand?” At that time I had warts on both my hands. I was so embarrassed! Until then, the warts hadn’t really bothered me since they didn’t hurt, but when I went home for lunch that day, I cried to my mother.
She calmly told me we would pray about it. I remember her saying, “Those don’t belong to you.” I knew what she meant by that since I regularly attended the Christian Science Sunday School, where I’d learned that God never made anything that wasn’t good and that God loves us. My mom’s confident words were based on this statement in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “In Science we are children of God; but whatever is of material sense, or mortal, belongs not to His children, for materiality is the inverted image of spirituality” (p. 572). I believed my mother and felt God’s love. In a few days, the warts were all gone, and I never had another one.
Another healing happened when I was older and taking algebra for the first time. I had been excellent at math, but the different symbols in algebra confused me. I cried to my mom as I struggled over my algebra homework. She sat down with me at the dining room table and said we’d work on it, but she also called my attention to this from Science and Health: “Mind, God, sends forth the aroma of Spirit, the atmosphere of intelligence” (pp. 191–192). Well, I wasn’t too interested in what “aroma of Spirit” meant, so I prayed just with the idea that “the atmosphere of intelligence” was mine as Mind’s reflection—and boy, that did it! I felt the immediate calm of trusting in that idea. I stopped being afraid, and algebra started to make sense. I remember that the healing was so complete that one of my algebra teachers said, “Young lady, I like to pride myself on the fact that nobody will ever get a perfect score on my test, and you got a perfect score!” Later, in high school, I became a student helper, tutoring others.
A healing that took longer was that of carsickness. It started when I was a little girl. When traveling with my family, I would get sick, and my dad would have to pull the car over. My mother and my maternal grandmother were Christian Scientists, so I knew they were praying for me, and eventually the intensity of the problem faded. However, in adulthood I found that I was often slightly nauseous on longer car trips. In the 1990s, my husband announced that he would very much like to take a series of six-week car trips all over the United States. Well, I knew I had my prayerful work cut out for me! I don’t recall the exact ideas I prayed with from the Bible and from Science and Health, but I do remember that the healing came when I realized carsickness was a false belief. False beliefs don’t belong to anyone because they’re not from God, so we don’t have to accept them and suffer.
I’d glimpsed the truth found on page 289 of Science and Health: “The spiritual fact and the material belief of things are contradictions; but the spiritual is true, and therefore the material must be untrue.”
On one of these car trips we were in Los Angeles taking a tour in Hollywood. Our guide said, “There’s a curvy route ahead. Would anyone have trouble with this?” Well, I was so grateful to be confident that I wouldn’t mind at all. The healing of carsickness was complete, and I joyfully shared many more trips with my wonderful husband of 65 years.
For these healings and a constant sense of God’s loving presence, I am eternally grateful. I love Christian Science and can’t imagine my life without it.
Breckville, Ohio, US
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