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Stomach pain gone

From the April 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

One night last year while I was working at a Christian Science nursing facility, my stomach began to hurt. When the pain got worse, I knew I needed to diligently turn to God in prayer or I wouldn’t be able to perform the duties assigned to me. 

My work as a Christian Science nurse is a ministry in service to God and those relying on Christian Science for healing, so it was helpful to affirm for myself what Jesus said of his own ministry: “The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” (John 14:10). I knew that in reality I was God’s perfect spiritual reflection—the real identity of each of us—and I could trust that God was enabling me to express the strength and dominion necessary to do this important work.

Alone in the staff room during my break, I listened to a metaphysical article from The Christian Science Monitor. The writer told of having experienced a skin condition that was itchy and distracting, and how she prayed to feel more of the presence and power of God. That made me think of a Bible passage I’ve found very helpful in healing: “Whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: . . . we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (II Corinthians 5:6, 8). 

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