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During many years Christian Science...

From the July 1980 issue of The Christian Science Journal

During many years Christian Science has guided, sustained, comforted, and healed me. There have been setbacks and personal failures; but as a practitioner lovingly counseled me at one point, when I was extremely discouraged and even wondering if I should give up church membership, "Divine Science is the Comforter; let it comfort you."

One healing, which has stayed fresh in memory, involved our four-year-old son. He had started Christian Science Sunday School, and one day as he played he kept repeating, "There is no spot where God is not." A few days later, when he was left alone in the car, he pushed the cigarette lighter in and then put it to his lips. There was a round, deep burn on his mouth. As I gathered him up, I immediately reminded him, '"There is no spot where God, divine Love, is not." His tears stopped within minutes, and we finished our errand. At lunch time the suggestion came to not give him orange juice. This temptation to make a reality of the condition was denied, and I turned my thought to "the scientific statement of being" found on page 468 of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. The child drank his juice with no flicker of discomfort. In a few days all evidence of the burn had completely disappeared.

A recent healing was of an undiagnosed condition, which first appeared several years ago when I rather suddenly began to feel generally weary. As this continued, I began to lose weight, and activity became an effort. Nights were frightening, and there was considerable discomfort when I lay down. A practitioner had been called to help me early in this struggle against the evidence of health failure. She encouraged me daily and recommended passages from the Bible, as well as from Science and Health. These Bible verses were extremely helpful at night: "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety" (Ps. 4:8) and "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet" (Prov. 3:24). In our study of Science and Health we worked specifically with the chapter "Footsteps of Truth," beginning at this sentence on page 224: "Truth brings the elements of liberty."