Several years after my husband and I were married, we were looking forward to having a family. When we were expecting our first child, the baby arrived nearly four months early and did not survive.
It is with great gratitude, awe, and joy that I write this testimony. Throughout my life I have always read the Christian Science periodicals starting from the back so that I could read the testimonies of healing first.
One weekend about a year ago, I was planning to go to a family party and decided to get a professional pedicure beforehand. The salon attendant who took care of me suddenly became disoriented and accidentally cut my foot with a sharp tool.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” ( Proverbs 3:5, 6 ).
A few months ago I felt nauseous and became ill. My fear was that I would faint, and although I was at home, there would be no one around to help me.
When our first baby was born, the doctor said something was wrong with her, and he would have to operate the next morning. I asked my husband to phone the Christian Science practitioner who had been supporting me through the pregnancy and the birth, and let her know something wasn’t right with our baby.
“I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints” ( Psalms 85:8 ). The words of the Psalmist have been a constant guide to me in my growth as a student of Christian Science, and have often been a helpful impetus in being more effective in my healing practice.
One day last year, while moving about in my apartment, I went to take a step, but my slipper stuck to the carpet, and I fell forward, hitting my head and landing forcibly on my right arm and side. I was unable to move much, and it was painful and most awkward to find a way to get back up.
Over the course of several years a small lump under my arm developed and then grew to a noticeable size. I wore tops with sleeves to avoid people making comments, but since there were no other inconveniences caused, I basically ignored it.
When I was about to start graduate school many years ago, I got a notice from the school informing me that I needed to take a physical examination as part of the admission requirements. When I explained to the admission office that I was a Christian Scientist and therefore would like to be given an exemption, they told me that I still needed to take a tuberculosis test.