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Unclasping fear’s hold

From the October 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal


For a period of over a year, I experienced unreliable vision and recurring painful irritation in my eyes, which interfered with safe driving and hindered many of my day-to-day activities. Throughout the year, working with a Christian Science practitioner, who gave me prayerful treatment, helped me to be comfortable in several times of need. But each time afterward I was faced with the suggestion that the pain and poor vision were a continuing reality. 

Then, at the annual eye exam, I was diagnosed with an eye infection that prevented the doctor from renewing my vision prescription, updating glasses, or purchasing contact lenses. This seemed like a huge imposition on my life. 

After the appointment, I considered the instructions I’d been given to pick up the prescribed antibiotics and take them over the course of the following week in order to combat the infection. I was very still, deep in thought as I drove home, and a passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy came to thought: “The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to unclasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death” (p. 412). I confidently decided to contact a Christian Science practitioner and meet this claim of infection through prayer.

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