One summer, two healings

Originally appeared online in the teen series Your Healings -  July 4, 2023

I’m grateful for the healings I had during two experiences in one summer. For the first, I traveled to Mexico with a group of Christian Scientists. And later, I attended a camp for Christian Scientists in Missouri. 

In Mexico, I loved swimming with cool fish, being with my friends, and going to an adventure park that had a high ropes course. The course looked like a lot of fun, so I really wanted to do it. But I was a bit intimidated because I had a fear of heights. 

To overcome this fear, I thought about my favorite Bible verse: “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3). It reminded me how much God loves me and that divine Love is all around me. Feeling Love’s presence defused the fear and gave me confidence to try the ropes course. And not only was I able to complete the course but I was able to help one of my peers complete it as well. My fear of heights diminished significantly because of this experience.

Feeling Love’s presence defused the fear and gave me confidence to try the ropes course.

Later, at camp, I had another healing after I accidentally fell backward on a water slide and bruised my tailbone. It hurt to walk, so I asked for help from a Christian Science practitioner who was at the camp. The practitioner and I spoke, and he helped me understand how to pray for myself by listening for ideas from God. 

As I prayed, something came to mind from an online video that I’d seen. On the surface, it doesn’t have anything to do with Christian Science, but I found a unique way to apply it to what I was going through. A character in the video says, “No prison can hold me!”I realized that “no prison can hold me” could apply to what I’ve been studying in Christian Science. I took it to be a reminder that I am an expression of God, so no “prison”—discomfort, pain, or any other bad feeling—has power over me, because God, good, is the only power.

This idea was so helpful that I was able to go about the rest of my day more freely, and the pain didn’t hold me back at all in the following day’s activities. At the end of the second day, I realized that the pain was completely gone and I’d been healed. 

I am so grateful for these experiences because they’ve helped me grow as a student of Christian Science, and I’ve learned how to pray more effectively for myself.

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