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FREE OF CHEST PAINS AND FEAR OF FLYING

From the September 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal


AS I SAT DOWN at the beginning of my train trip to London, my eye caught a safety notice that read: "Your guard is here to help. There is a guard on all our trains to give help and Information during your journey." As the words guard and God are pronounced the same in England, the notice was thought provoking. I was captivated by the idea that here was a public notice reminding me that: "Yes, God does exist and is right here to help guide and keep safe both me and everyone else travelling on the train."

I was reminded of a special occasion when I received absolute proof of the truth of this statement. About 12 years ago, I experienced some serious difficulties relating to my previous employment as a partner in a London law firm. One of our employees had handled a transaction badly and a claim was brought against the firm for more than £4 million. The client, a bank, had obtained judgment against us for this amount. Although that situation was subsequently resolved, I remained fearful about a number of things. These included finding a new job, since following the bank claim it was clear that the firm was not going to survive.

Fast forward two years. Although I had found a new job, the problems at my last job affected my confidence badly, and after joining my new firm I started experiencing chest pains. I decided to contact a Christian Science practitioner, and after she began praying for me the pains quickly lessened.

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