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Claiming a ‘good report’

From the November 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal


One day out of nowhere I began experiencing a great deal of pain in one of my legs. Without any obvious physical cause, it continued. It would be my ankle one day and then some other part of my leg the next. Often it was painful just to stand or even lie down. 

I’ve learned from my study of Christian Science that pain is a lie—that it is mental. Nevertheless, some of the thoughts that came were, “What is this?” “Is it serious?” My daily duties of caring for my two small children and running the household became burdensome. I knew that the material body was no part of my spiritual identity, but I still felt very tempted to wallow in the pain.

I called a Christian Science practitioner for prayerful treatment, and the ideas she shared helped break the mesmerism. She addressed the powerlessness of the pain and assured me of God’s tender and ever-present care for me. However, what really struck a chord was when she shared that my ability to express God’s goodness and freedom could never be hindered by my physical body—because I am wholly spiritual.

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