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Gratitude for Christian Science

From the December 2000 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I was introduced to Christian Science four years ago, when I was looking for a church to join so that my eight-year-old son would have a good Sunday School experience. A co-worker had described the Christian Science Sunday School as a very special place, where the children learn that God is Love. After my son's first Sunday School class, he took my hand and said, "Mom, we don't have to search anymore. We've found our church." I was very impressed with the loving approach of the teachers. I love the Sunday School's focus on the spiritual understanding of the Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount.

I feel as if I have finally come home.

My son and I have been devoted to Christian Science ever since, and we've had many healings. My family has also been blessed with greater peace and harmony. On one occasion, my son was healed of persistent back pain from a skiing accident. The pain seemed to worsen with running, and made soccer practice extremely difficult. I called a Christian Science practitioner, and she referred me to the following statement from Science and Health: "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought" (p. 495). I thought of God as Love, as infinite good, as ever-present, as Spirit and as Soul. I felt God's love for us all and realized that my son could never have fallen out of God's care. After an hour of praying to "allow nothing but His likeness to abide" in my thought, I felt that my son and I were wrapped in divine Love. After the soccer practice, he said he felt great and no longer had back pain. It has been three and one-half years since this healing took place, and my son has never had a return of this condition.

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