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I have been a Christian Scientist all my life...

From the March 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal


I have been a Christian Scientist all my life and have raised four children in Science. Every healing, either my own or that of a member of my family, has been outstanding to me because of the lessons learned and the truth acknowledged. The gratitude I have felt has sustained and uplifted me for over forty-five years.

I will always remember a healing I had in my early teens. As a child I had suffered from asthma and hay fever and would often wheeze through the nights. One particular time the condition was worsening. My mother called a Christian Science practitioner listed in the Journal and asked for prayerful support for both of us. In the meantime she was reading aloud to me from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. I was weary of the long struggle and feared for my life. My mother knew differently! She called the practitioner again, and he lovingly asked to speak to me.

I could barely talk, but I could listen. He spoke to me about my oneness with God and my purity and strength and health as God's perfect, spiritual child. And then he asked me to open my Science and Health to page 428 and follow along as he read these precious words: "The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man is, not shall be, perfect and immortal." These words seemed to jump off the page. During these attacks, just getting through the night had been the challenge because there would always be some relief when daylight came. But this statement was telling me I didn't have to wait to be perfect. Indeed, the "dawn" came to consciousness right then—in the middle of the night.