Words of truth read during the Lesson-Sermons at all our Christian Science churches have the power to heal every discordant condition that may be troubling those listening to the service. The truths in the words of the church solos and the hymns that the congregations sing, carry the same healing power.
I sincerely believe that people who come to worship in church have a deep desire to be healed and to be good. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer. Its motives are made manifest in the blessings they bring,—blessings which, even if not acknowledged in audible words, attest our worthiness to be partakers of Love” (p. 4). The prayers of churchgoers and their desire to hear the Word of God result in blessings when they recognize, along with the Psalmist, that “[God’s] word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105).
What is required of us is to be watchful, so that we abide in God’s law and obey His Word and commandments, and do not disregard them—even though it may sometimes seem that we have a strong reason or justification for a wrong attitude.
A dear friend deeply hurt me through slander and disseminating rumors that were totally false. At first I was very indignant and full of hatred toward this friend, although at that time I was also aware that hating somebody is a violation of God’s law, which teaches us always to love our fellow beings, including our enemies. But at the time, I felt that I was justified in hating this friend because of the cruel rumors he had fabricated about me.
Then, while attending a Wednesday evening testimony meeting, I felt a jolt when the First Reader announced that the theme of the meeting was “Love your enemies and pray for them that persecute you” (see Luke 6:28). The entire reading was like a tender, loving touch to my heart, and I felt as though I were bathed in light, and cool water had assuaged my thirst. Among the citations read at that meeting was this admonition from Colossians: “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” (Colossians 3:12, 13).
All those beautiful messages seemed prepared especially for me, telling me, “Stop hating him!” I felt very strongly that I had had a healing; my character was transformed. I felt such a release and freedom from the error that had bound me for several days. I was so grateful that through this worship, I was reminded of God’s laws, the divine laws that bring relief and freedom in time of need.
At one Sunday service, I was instantly healed of a severe headache when I listened intently, paying full attention to the words that were read. At another service, I was freed from feeling depressed when we sang the first hymn. While I was listening to the solo on yet another Sunday, all my anxiety because of the pressure of preparing for my son’s wedding vanished, replaced by the feeling of God’s love embracing me.
All the words of God spoken or sung during our church services have a healing effect. Opportunity for healing is always available to the listeners, no matter what challenges they are facing at the time, whether it be lack of health, money, peace, joy, companionship, or anything else. In Deuteronomy, God says: “… there shall be no poor among you; for the Lord shall greatly bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it: Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day” (Deuteronomy 15:4, 5). In Christian Science, we learn that we live in God, and listening to and obeying His Word blesses us, makes us healthy, and encircles us with eternal peace and joy.
Djoni Darmadi lives in Jakarta, Indonesia.