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Vision restored

From the June 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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I am so grateful to have Christian Science in my life. Through the years I have had many healings, ranging from the resolution of relationship problems to the healing of physical challenges, and the spiritual lessons I’ve learned have shown me over and over again that I can trust God with any challenge, large or small. 

About a year and a half ago, for instance, I had a problem with one of my eyes. In a short period of time I was totally blind in that eye. At the same time, I was in a situation where I felt responsible for resolving a difficult work-related issue, which I was feeling very discouraged and angry about. I knew that harboring these feelings wasn’t right, and it certainly wasn’t in line with Christian Science teaching.

I contacted a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me, and he assured me that healing was possible. He also gave my prayers the right focus: We were praying, not to fix matter, but to “see” clearly. And what I needed to see was the spiritual reality—that “God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). He made me in His image and likeness, spiritual and perfect, and nothing could change that fact.

I also saw that the feelings of discouragement and anger I’d been harboring really had nothing to do with other people, as had seemed to me to be the case, but rather with how I was thinking about them. I realized that the belief that someone could be dishonest or manipulative was a misconception of God’s man, since God created me and all of His children in His likeness. This belief was nothing but a false suggestion of mortal mind, a mind opposed to God claiming there are many minds that can be in conflict. But as I have come to understand from Christian Science, there is one God, one Mind, governing man harmoniously. There are no “little minds” with power of their own to control or disturb. I held to these truths and let them govern my thoughts.

As I prayed, I found many passages in the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, to be very helpful. And I was reminded that in our prayers we start with God, with recognizing God and man’s perfection and inseparable relation to God. I saw more and more clearly that we are not studying Christian Science to try to get back to God. We are already one with Him, enveloped in divine Love. We are not trying to spiritualize thought to improve the body, or to take away an obstacle. As we allow thought to be transformed by divine Truth, the body naturally responds by evidencing normal health.

Also, in Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy indicates that when Christ Jesus healed, he recognized the error in thought that needed healing and cast it out by seeing man’s sinless, perfect, true nature. He didn’t dwell on sickness, or try to figure out what caused it, therefore giving it a history. This was a wake-up call to me not to wallow in the problem. Don’t dwell on it—mark it “unreal” and get to the truth of being. By doing this, we are giving witness to divine Truth, which is what prayer is all about. 

As the Christian Science practitioner and I looked at Jesus’ parable of not putting new wine into old bottles, we discussed that spiritual inspiration always results in newness—in less materialistic ways of thinking and living. We really need to live a life that reflects this spiritual newness, which is truly what it means to “put off the old man,” and “put on the new man” (see Ephesians 4:22–24).

As I endeavored to do this, I became happier and more grateful for the good I had in my life. Moreover, I woke up to the fact that I did not need to somehow deal with the work-related issue; I simply needed to get out of the way and leave it to God. I felt at peace knowing that divine Truth and Love resolve every situation in the best way for everyone.

Quickly my vision started to improve. In a couple of months, the vision in my eye was restored, clear as the other one, and it has remained so.

I am so grateful for this growth in my understanding of God and of myself as God’s spiritual, perfect idea. I feel truly blessed by all of the amazing support that we have from The Mother Church and its branches, from Christian Science practitioners, and from the testimonies of healing others have shared in our Christian Science periodicals.

Cecil Cranston
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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