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My healing at summer camp
I was having an awesome time at a camp for Christian Scientists. I loved all the activities and was having a great time hanging out with my friends. But one day, out of nowhere, I started dealing with stomachaches, which seemed to get worse after every meal.
I was raised in Christian Science, and so it was natural for me to turn to Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy for help, because it’s a textbook on healing. I began to pray with ideas from passages that had been helpful to me during previous healings. Although the ideas were comforting, I was still struggling with stomach pain.
At that point, I decided to ask for help from a Christian Science practitioner. She shared wonderful ideas and we prayed together, but I still didn’t feel better. I also started feeling worried about every meal because it was hard not to expect that I wouldn’t feel well after eating.
It was natural for me to turn to Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy for help, because it’s a textbook on healing.
I kept praying, though, and I also began to read the chapter “Christian Science Practice” in Science and Health. I confided in one of my counselors and asked for her help. When I told her I was reading the chapter on Christian Science practice, she recommended that I read page 393.
One passage in particular stuck with me. It was a reminder to “Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s government” (p. 393).
I realized that I wasn’t being firm in my understanding. I was praying, but then I still kept thinking about how I wasn’t feeling well. It also became clear to me that I was giving something powerless—food—power over me. But only Mind, God, governs—has power. I didn’t have to let what I was eating dictate how I felt afterwards or during the rest of the day.
I didn’t have to let what I was eating dictate how I felt afterwards or during the rest of the day.
After that, I knew I needed to do something else, which that chapter in Science and Health explains: I needed to “Stand porter at the door of thought” (p. 392). Going forward, when a negative thought suggested I was unwell, I said, “No!” I refused to let it in. I did this in my prayers, and soon these thoughts no longer had power over me. I wasn’t afraid anymore, and I also wasn’t in pain. That simple idea was all it took to change my whole perspective, and then the physical situation also changed. I was completely healed and enjoyed the rest of my time at camp.
I am so grateful to have had this healing.