I would like to share a testimony that illustrates the power of Christ, Truth, to overcome physical difficulties in a way that the human mind cannot explain.
A few years ago an alarming situation arose with my ability to eliminate. This hindrance of bowel movements was accompanied by a feeling of abnormal digestive movement. A Christian Scientist knows that fear is an element of all disease, and that the first object of any prayer is to calm fear to the point of its extinction. So I prayed earnestly to subdue fear and acknowledge God’s all-power.
After a week of praying on my own and seeing no apparent progress, I called a friend who is an experienced Christian Scientist for help. This person agreed to support me by providing Christian Science treatment. For my part, I refused to be hypnotized by the discouraging physical evidence into believing that this condition was real or true. Christian Science reveals the mental nature of all disease and discord, so I knew that this condition could be dealt with instantly and effectively through the “Science of mental healing,” as Mary Baker Eddy called it in her textbook on Christian Science healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 455).
I remember looking to God, and dwelling in thought on the beauty of holiness instead of on the seeming physical condition. I simply filled my consciousness with thoughts of God’s all-goodness, and replaced any fears with the truth that an all-good God could not produce something so ugly. Instead, God could create only what is perfect.
During this time I particularly cherished the view of the landscape outside my windows. I remember giving gratitude for the qualities of order, strength, equipoise, color, form, and usefulness that the landscape so clearly represented. The bright sunshine of an exquisite Colorado sky symbolized to me the infinite love of God, and it made me rejoice.
The week before I started dealing with this condition I had given a testimony of healing at a Wednesday evening church meeting. I had stated that my refusal to accept the problem as fact, no matter how mesmeric the symptoms were, had led to the healing. As I prayed about this current challenge, the mocking temptation came to me, “Let’s see you disbelieve this!”
However, I knew from past experience that any abnormal condition of the body was only an illusion of material sense. And Science and Health states how to prove this: “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious—as Life eternally is—can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not” (p. 495).
After three days of working with my friend, normalcy of bowel movements was restored. All evidence of trouble vanished completely and permanently, showing so clearly its illusive nature.
My gratitude for the Science of Christ, or Christian Science, is boundless. It not only heals all our ills, but reveals the truth of man’s being as forever at one with Life divine.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, US
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