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A harmonious birth

From the July 2015 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I want to express my deep gratitude for a healing that took place many years ago. I was a relatively new student of Christian Science, having been raised in an orthodox religion, and I had not yet experienced a significant healing through the study and practice of Christian Science.

At that time, my wife and I were expecting our first child, and we saw this as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of man as spiritual, and therefore perfect, complete, and always under His loving care. We asked for the support of a Christian Science practitioner, who provided Christian Science treatment during this preparatory period. During the months prior to the birth, we prayed for this wonderful blessing and to better understand the nature of God and of man as made in His image and likeness, as the Scriptures tell us (see Genesis 1:26, 27).

My wife and I also met regularly with a physician, who agreed to perform the delivery, and we were very pleased with his kind and supportive care.

When the time came for the birth, I was grateful to be present with my wife in the delivery room. After we had been there for a while, it was apparent the doctor and the nurse were very concerned. The doctor left the room and returned with another doctor to assist with the birth. I then learned that because of the baby’s position, this would be a breech birth. There had been no advance warning of this, and the news was alarming to me. Additionally, the doctors expressed concern that the umbilical cord might wrap itself around the neck of the baby, affecting the child’s breathing during the birthing process.

I didn’t want to leave that delivery room, but I wanted the Christian Science practitioner to know the challenges we were dealing with. And so I left to make a quick call to her. I felt the practitioner’s immediate prayerful support, and when I returned to the delivery room, I continued to pray quietly to better understand what I had studied in preparation for the birth of this child. 

One of the passages from Mary Baker Eddy’s writings on the subject of birth that was so helpful and remains a favorite of mine is from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. There she explains: “To attend properly the birth of the new child, or divine idea, you should so detach mortal thought from its material conceptions, that the birth will be natural and safe. Though gathering new energy, this idea cannot injure its useful surroundings in the travail of spiritual birth. A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive. The new idea, conceived and born of Truth and Love, is clad in white garments. Its beginning will be meek, its growth sturdy, and its maturity undecaying. When this new birth takes place, the Christian Science infant is born of the Spirit, born of God, and can cause the mother no more suffering. By this we know that Truth is here and has fulfilled its perfect work” (p. 463). My wife and I were witnesses that day to the truth of this statement.

The doctors prepared for the baby’s birth, and shortly after, to everyone’s great joy, we witnessed our daughter’s quick, safe, and natural birth. The doctor then informed me that the baby had performed an acrobatic feat just prior to her birth by turning a somersault, and also doing a sideways flip so that the umbilical cord did not pose a threat to the birth process. Both mother and child were fine.

In retrospect, I can now see that this experience was an opportunity to prove what Christ Jesus said: “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

The week of our daughter’s birth the subject of the Bible Lesson that Christian Scientists all over the world were studying was “Christian Science,” and the Golden Text declared: “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (II Corinthians 9:15). I thank God daily for His gift of Christian Science.

Our daughter has led a normal, productive life in every way. Her growth has been sturdy, and this has included being an honor student all the way through graduate school.

I am very grateful to be a longtime student of Christian Science, for the prayerful work of the Christian Science practitioner during this birth, and to be able to testify to this healing. I am grateful, too, for the many other healings that have occurred as the result of prayer and of trusting in God to demonstrate His goodness to me and my family.

Tom and I witnessed a remarkable event in the birth of our child. While serious discussions seemed to be taking place between the doctors, he was in constant touch with the Christian Science practitioner (in the days before cellphones!). I remember Tom repeating aloud to me “the scientific statement of being” from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. It ends with this declaration of truth: “Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual” (p. 468).

There was such conviction in Tom’s voice that God was present and that no ill effects in this birth process could undermine the Truth. The process was over quickly, and in a rather short time our daughter, perfect in every way, joined our family. I was particularly grateful for the strength, resolve, and trust Tom demonstrated even though he was a new student of Christian Science and had only recently taken Primary class instruction.

Each time I read that Bible verse from Second Corinthians, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift,” I, too, am reminded of the blessed event and the gift of Christian Science, for which I am very grateful.

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