THE ABILITY of Christian Science treatment to heal quickly and completely was proven to me early on in my study and practice of Christian Science a number of years ago. I had been studying Christian Science for only about five months when, the day before Christmas Eve, our two-and-a-half-year-old son became sick with a fever and couldn't move from the waist down. I immediately called a Christian Science practitioner for treatment for our son. I made frequent calls to the practitioner during that day and night as I stayed close by my son, holding him, singing hymns, praying, and comforting him.
The next morning, my husband, who was not a Christian Scientist, spoke to the Christian Science practitioner. When he got off the phone, we discussed what course of action we should take. My husband needed to go to a nearby market to buy food to take us through Christmas day. We agreed that if our son was no better by the time my husband returned, we would take our son to the emergency room of the local hospital.
My deepest concern and my husband's was to relieve our son of this illness and as quickly as possible. Although battling my own fears of what this condition might be, I felt confident that Christian Science treatment could thoroughly and quickly heal our son. I had already begun to learn from my study of Christian Science that disease of any kind is not the reality of anyone's being, because God has created all of us in His likeness—the likeness of perfect Spirit, not imperfect matter. I had already glimpsed the fact that fear, instigated by the material senses, is the source of sickness and suffering and not God, who never causes His children to suffer.