In November 2017, I began to experience some difficulty with one side of my face. My smile was crooked, one eye would not blink, and the eyebrow on that side was lower than the one on the other side. I did not look like myself, and I was frightened.
I began to pray, reasoning that God, who is good only, did not cause this. But I felt very fearful, so I contacted a Christian Science practitioner—someone who is in the public practice of healing through metaphysical treatment as taught in Christian Science. I expressed my fear and was comforted by the practitioner’s peaceful response. I was assured of God’s loving care for me and was also reminded of a Bible passage that says, “I will put my spirit within you” (Ezekiel 36:27). This promise contrasts sharply with the world’s declaration that says we are made of matter and all of the beliefs that go along with this view. I was encouraged to accept only the thoughts that God gives me—the spirit of Truth and Love. I clung to these promises over the next couple of days.
A family member sent me an article titled “Healing—because there is no fear in the allness of Love” by Carol Dee Lewis, from the April 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal. The loving message of this article spoke to me so clearly and specifically, like a direct message from God. I felt that I understood for the first time, at least to some degree, that fear could not stop God’s love or the power to heal—that God was bigger than this! And with this conviction the fear dissolved. I now genuinely felt this was an opportunity rather than a challenge.