Q: I know in Christian Science it’s God that does the healing, but sometimes that truth gets lost in the fear that someone is in pain and needs help—and as a Christian Science practitioner I’m supposed to have the “magic bullet,” the specific understanding of truth, that will help them. How can I pray about this?
A: As a practitioner, if a case seems fraught with fear, I sometimes turn to this passage from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (41:10). As your question indicates, truly “it’s God that does the healing.” We can trust in the fact that His power is upholding us all in flawless health and perfect peace, and is tenderly bringing that perfection to light in human consciousness and experience.
Your question raises some important points regarding handling fear in Christian Science treatment that will be helpful to be clear about, particularly when a situation seems alarming—either to you, the patient, or both.