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Poison ivy and homesickness healed

From the April 2002 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In the 1970s, my husband, two young daughters, and I lived in a 200-year-old log cabin on ten beautiful acres in the foothills of Pickens County, South Carolina. We had a very simple and self-sufficient lifestyle, living off the land and raising our own food, fruits, and vegetables. We were living in harmony with nature, and that gave me so much satisfaction and helped me feel very close to God.

One summer while I was clearing some land for a vegetable garden, I got into a patch of poison ivy. Within a short time my hand and arm became inflamed, swollen, and irritated. It was hard to keep from scratching it. This went on for a few days. During my growing-up years, my mother had always relied on spiritual healing. Whenever one of us four children was sick or had a problem, she would pray about it. I remember there were many quick healings and good results from her powerful, prayers.

Through her example, I learned that God is always the great Physician. I saw the benefits of relying on prayer to meet every need.