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Lasting lessons from Sunday School

From the May 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The Christian Science Sunday School is a place of healing. Students study the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. And they learn how to apply what they are learning to daily experiences. This is a lasting instruction, the lessons of which are applicable throughout life.

One of my Sunday School teachers was a practitioner, a Christian Scientist who is available at any time to pray for others for healing. One Sunday, as a young teen, I began not feeling well in class. My head hurt, my stomach felt upset, and I just wanted to go home. Not really, though. What I truly wanted was to be healed. Then suddenly, I felt mentally nudged. I raised my head and saw my teacher looking at me with such a loving expression on her face, and I realized that I no longer felt bad. I was in awe. One moment I couldn’t wait to go home, but the next I was free of all symptoms of illness. In the 45 years since that day in Sunday School, I have never again experienced those symptoms.  

In thinking about this experience over the years, I realized that my teacher had seen me as I really was: God’s child, a spiritual idea, the healthy expression of Life. She had perceived a need and corrected her thought about it, and I felt that correction. As Mrs. Eddy explains: “Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. . . . Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 210). That’s what happened to me.

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