The Christ is a timeless healing presence, which is available to everyone in every place and time. It comes to us in our time of need, casting out sin and disease. Mary Baker Eddy explains it in this way: “Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness. The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual,—yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and death” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 332).
Over the years since I began studying Christian Science, I’ve found that healing comes when I feel the presence of the Christ, receive its guiding message, and yield to it. As it says in one of my favorite hymns, “The Christ is here … Unloosing bonds of all captivity” (Rosa M. Turner, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 202).
The clearest example of feeling this Christ presence in my life occurred years ago when I was five months pregnant with my third child. I’d been studying Christian Science for a few years and had experienced many physical healings, which were wonderful demonstrations of God’s love for me. Each healing, like a spiritual building block, strengthened my “tower” of spiritual understanding. I drew upon this strength when medical tests showed that I had moderately advanced cervical cancer.