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Incapacitating growth healed

From the January 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I owe my life to Christian Science. A bit over a year ago I was forced to take time off from work, as a growth that had been on my abdomen for years had grown to the point where I could not comfortably walk, and walking was a large part of my job. I had been praying off and on for a couple of decades to know that this lump on my body was not the truth about me, was not God’s creation, but now it was time to drop everything and concentrate solely on this healing.

First I had to handle fear. The first major step was to decide that I was going to rely completely on Christian Science. And what really helped, too, was what the Christian Science practitioner I called for treatment shared with me. 

In essence, she said that God was my Shepherd and was taking care of me. I felt that love from our Father-Mother Love, which gave me the confidence that this could be healed—contrary to the fears that mortal mind tried to feed me.

For three weeks, I did nothing but study Christian Science, and I called the practitioner every day to pray for me. I read the chapters in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy titled “Christian Science Practice” and “Teaching Christian Science,” spending extra time on the allegory of the trial contained in pages 430 through 442. I read A Century of Christian Science Healing, as well as printed copies of Christian Science lectures and several association addresses I had heard.

I should add that the kind support of the members of my branch Church of Christ, Scientist, was absolutely instrumental during this time. Several of them suggested things that I could read that had helped them.

After a couple of weeks or so of solid study at home, I returned to work. Each day when I came home, I would use all my free time to study and pray. I was trying to see with all my being that this condition was purely mental, and I saw myself as a knower, not just a believer—that is, I affirmed that I could know the spiritual reality of God’s perfect man, and couldn’t be duped by the material senses to believe what the material evidence was trying to tell me was true of me. I reasoned that since God didn’t make disease, and God is the only creator, then disease has no creator.

Over the space of a couple of years, I had used the time during my commute for prayer, and every day I had prayed with this statement: “A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive” (Science and Health, p. 463). And this is exactly what finally happened. Four weeks after this focused study and prayer, the growth came out of my abdomen in what may fairly be considered a case of mental surgery, and it was completely gone. Within a week’s time after that, I was teaching at a canoe camp as scheduled, lifting canoes over my head and paddling without a hint of pain. Needless to say, I was soaring! My heart was truly singing. I felt such love for every person I saw. It is impossible to humanly express the amount of gratitude I have for God.

Bert G. Hogan

Acton, Massachusetts, US

This is adapted from a testimony originally posted during The Mother Church’s online Wednesday testimony meeting.

I would like to verify that my husband’s healing occurred as he stated. I’d also like to express my appreciation for the metaphysical support I received from a Christian Science practitioner, who helped me overcome my fears for my husband’s life and health. As we worked, I began to experience a strong, tender, and uplifting sense of God’s presence that stayed with me until the healing took place. I also gained the conviction that Bert was going to be healed and that all would be well. Bert later told me that my conviction was a big support for him.

During this time we also had to address our fears about the financial consequences of Bert’s missing work. Moreover, we were scheduled to close on the purchase of a new home while Bert was unable to work, and we were afraid that if he continued to be unable to work, we would be financially ruined. 

As we prayed for guidance, it became clear that we should not make a decision based on fear but on trust in God. We felt led to go forward with the purchase. I think our willingness to trust God helped move the healing forward. A couple of days later the growth came out, and Bert was freed from pain and quickly regained his strength and mobility.

This healing has meant a tremendous amount to our family. It’s been a clear illustration of God’s love and power, and of our ability to demonstrate them. When the healing occurred, this statement in Science and Health came to me: “Tumors, ulcers, tubercles, inflammation, pain, deformed joints, are waking dream-shadows, dark images of mortal thought, which flee before the light of Truth” (p. 418). This truth was literally proved in our experience, and I can’t adequately express how grateful I am to God for His tender care for my husband and our family. 

Blithe Holcomb Hogan

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