I first experienced healing in Christian Science several decades ago, and I have been relying on Christian Science ever since. My family and I have witnessed many healings of various issues. My deep trust in God’s love for all His children is also supported by healings I’ve witnessed in my work as a Christian Science nurse. So when symptoms of breast cancer began to appear on my body, I turned to Christian Science.
I was fearful, but I knew that a right understanding of the truths we learn in Christian Science brings healing. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy states: “Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger. The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love. The Apostle John says: ‘There is no fear in Love, but perfect Love casteth out fear. … He that feareth is not made perfect in Love’ ” (p. 410). I took this to mean that I am made in God’s image, so there can be no room for fear to dwell in my consciousness. I affirmed that God’s law of good was governing me and that I lived in the atmosphere of divine Love.
I was further comforted by “the scientific statement of being,” found in Science and Health: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual” (p. 468).
This meant that there was no spiritual reality to the claims of the symptoms, because God is the only cause and creator. Therefore, I am spiritual and perfectly made and can expect to see good, health, peace, and harmony made manifest in my life. My Father-Mother God is incapable of creating sickness, pain, or anything that could threaten my life.
I knew that God is All-in-all and that all space is already filled with God’s, Love’s, presence. We are God’s perfect, spiritual ideas, who cannot be harmed. As I prayed with these truths, I was able to continue doing my job without pain, even though I had been tempted to stop working. However, the pain would return in the evenings.
I knew that what needed to be handled was my thought, and I prayed with the Ninth Commandment: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” (Exodus 20:16). I claimed myself as my neighbor, accepting only that God’s work is final, complete, finished, whole, undivided—and not accepting lies about my true, spiritual identity. I reasoned that nothing can ever change my relationship to God.
As months passed, the symptoms became increasingly aggressive. I spent a lot of time studying the Christian Science Bible Lesson, Science and Health, and the Christian Science periodicals. My husband was prayerfully supporting me, too, and he frequently reminded me that God is Love. At one point, I declared out loud that I’d had enough of this false belief. I was sure of God’s love for me and I had done my prayerful work. I expected healing. The claim of this disease did not have a divine basis, so it couldn’t be a part of me, God’s reflection. I persistently denied that there was any power besides God. I turned my thought away from a material sense of self, knowing that an understanding of the Christ, Truth, brings healing.
In Psalms, we read: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever” (23:4–6).
This was very comforting to me, as the material belief was that there was no cure for the disease suggested by the symptoms I was experiencing. I did not have to fear the shadow of death, because no such shadow can touch me, the spiritual, perfect idea of divine Principle. Goodness and mercy are always ours, because we dwell in God’s kingdom. We can’t go in and out of it. Right when I felt fear was rushing into my thought and taking over, I felt the Christly presence and message of harmony, “Be not afraid.”
One night as I was praying, I humbly asked God what else I needed to learn. The thought came that disease can be no part of any of God’s children, not just me. With tears of gratitude for this understanding, I thanked God. I slept peacefully that night.
That was a turning point. Gradually the pain, suffering, and symptoms completely disappeared. That was 14 years ago, and they have not returned.
This healing confirmed all that I have learned in Christian Science. Every day I’m discovering that God, divine Love, is All, and that His power is infinite. My trust in God has been tried so many times, and He has always met the need.
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