Thirty-five years had gone by since an outstanding healing I’d experienced took place. Before I’d had that healing, doctors had predicted I would suffer permanent brain damage or even death. Thanks to the holy practice of Christian Science, I was fine—and had been fine for all the ensuing 35 years. Yet, I didn’t think this had been a “real” healing because full recovery had taken some time and didn’t seem to have—by my flawed definition-—the characteristics of a convincing (immediate) Christian Science healing experience.
One day, I was talking to a friend about this experience, when she asked me why I’d never written it down and submitted it for publication in the Christian Science magazines. I said I’d never felt it was complete. She asked if all the claims put on me by the medical diagnosis had been met and healed. I had to answer in the affirmative. “So,” she replied, “what’s not complete?” That woke me up. A few months later, I sat down to write the testimony, and it seemed the initial draft practically wrote itself.
The experience I then had through the rest of the writing, submitting, and publishing process was unexpectedly rewarding. The act of writing for a broad audience, so as to be understood, sharpened my focus and demanded clear thoughts and perspective along with a selfless attitude. The writing also helped me reclaim my rightful confidence in the healing! As I began to write, specific doubts as to the authenticity of some aspects of this healing, which had been hiding in the corners of memory and perception, were uncovered and revealed. The simple admission I’d made to my friend, that the demonstration was complete, now exposed those doubts to the light of divine Truth, which had been behind the demonstration of the healing in the first place. This caused those doubts to melt away.