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God and health—what's the link?

From the February 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I WAS HAVING CHEST PAINS, so I went to the doctor's office in search of help. The young physician who examined me asked if I'd had any heart problems. I thought a moment, then said, "Yes, it's been broken a couple of times." He was speechless. I could see him thinking, "Broken heart? How do I treat a broken heart?" Then I smiled, and he realized that my reply had been a joke.

The truth is, I was having "heart problems"—but it was a relationship issue, not something that medicine could heal. The medical diagnosis was only "stress." Meanwhile, the relationship troubles continued, and within several years I was divorced.

At the same time, I was searching for a higher understanding of God and had been reading a lot of books on spirituality. But I'd never associated spirituality with my physical health. I also wasn't an avid reader of the promise in Psalms that God "healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Ps. 147:3.

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