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Severe chest pains overcome

From the December 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Having been a Christian Scientist since I was thirteen years old, I have been accustomed to the idea of God being supreme. A few years ago, as I was reading the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly in a time of need, this concept of supremacy asserted itself in my thought. 

One night I was alone at home. My wife was on a trip to her annual Christian Science students’ association meeting. I had been sleeping peacefully, when I started to become aware of an uncomfortable sensation growing in my chest. At first I tried to ignore it and go back to sleep, but eventually I felt the need to get out of bed and walk around. But the uncomfortable feeling kept growing and became painful. Becoming alarmed, I sat down and made a concerted effort to focus my thought on God. 

It has been my custom to start each day by reading the Bible Lesson, so at about 3 a.m. I did exactly that. It was there in the Lesson that I read this passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good, and the nothingness of evil” (p. 293).