Attendance in the Christian Science Sunday School taught me that having even the tiniest seed of understanding of God as Spirit, and of man as His spiritual image and likeness, has the power to heal and does heal. During those years I experienced quick healings of chickenpox and menstrual cramps. My youngest brother was healed of scarlet fever.
I’m writing now to share a healing that has served as a touchstone for my efforts to rely on Christian Science healing throughout my life. Shortly after my college years, I began to experience pain in my side. I lost a noticeable amount of weight, and the pain became so sharp I couldn’t sleep at night. My understanding of the inextricable relationship between perfect God and perfect man was not deep, but I had complete faith that God would heal me.
As challenging as the symptoms were, it didn’t occur to me to seek a medical diagnosis. I visited a Christian Science practitioner, and he agreed to give me Christian Science treatment. His conviction—that God loved me dearly and that I was safe in trusting God with my life—buoyed my own conviction. The pain subsided, and I was able to eat normally again, though there was lingering discomfort. Looking back, I realize I was so focused on an impending move that I didn’t persevere in prayer to see the healing through to completion.