I was raised in a Christian Science family, and I learned that Christianity was practical and provable, as Christ Jesus taught and showed his followers. I felt as though I knew how to pray, but for a long time I believed the ability to heal was for better, more experienced Christian Scientists. I prayed every day and worked at being consistently grateful, obeying the Ten Commandments, and following Jesus’ example. I had healings when I called a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me, but I didn’t feel I had what it took to heal.
Then came a series of articles in the Christian Science Sentinel that woke me up to the need to think of myself as capable of healing. These articles focused on the theme “Anyone can be a healer.” The power of those words resounded in my thought. I began to think about what that meant to me. How could I be a healer? I didn’t think I had very many healings to recount.
It began to occur to me that this seeming lack of healings might be a proof itself that consistent prayer was resulting in consistent good in my life—and that was, in fact, a healing. I realized, too, that challenges that could have been difficult, like having enough money to pay bills, or selling a house and finding a new one, had gone smoothly—so smoothly at times that I barely thought about giving specific gratitude to God.