Q: What do you do if you have a personal issue for which you need help and would like to contact a Christian Science practitioner for treatment, but you’re too embarrassed to have to tell him or her about it? A: I am so grateful you have asked this question as it goes to the core of the Christian Science practice. It is important to have confidence that when we reach out to a Christian Science practitioner for treatment, we are turning to the power and love of Christ, Truth—the impersonal Savior—for healing.
On Mother’s Day, my husband and I were playing golf after church. Just short of the 11th hole, my husband was pitching onto the green and gave his ball a tremendous hit.
In recent years I have hesitated to call myself “retired,” while still contemplating the idea of being free of work responsibilities and ties to the world at large. Little did I know that freedom from those ties still gives us plenty of work—in God’s kingdom on earth.
When I was in the eighth month of pregnancy with my second child, I was diagnosed with a critical, usually fatal, disease. The doctor was very concerned and called in a specialist.
Over three years ago I began to experience aggressive internal pain every few weeks. Most of the time I would be awakened by this discomfort in the middle of the night.
During a routine visit to the dentist for a teeth cleaning, the hygienist asked me if anything bothered me. I assured her that there was nothing.
In a message to The Mother Church in 1896, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “One thing I have greatly desired, and again earnestly request, namely, that Christian Scientists, here and elsewhere, pray daily for themselves; not verbally, nor on bended knee, but mentally, meekly, and importunately” ( Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 127 ).
About two years ago, I noticed irregularities in my heartbeat, followed by symptoms of fatigue and weakness. My oldest son, who is not a Christian Scientist, went searching for medical information online.
About three years ago, I was healed of injuries to my hip and shoulder that were caused by a fall on an icy driveway. After the fall, I was unable to move my arm easily or sleep on my right side.
When I read daily accounts in the media of the unrest and oppression in countries such as Syria and Egypt, I think about how I, as an individual, can contribute to peace in the world. In the Bible we read: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (II Corinthians 3:17, New Revised Standard Version).