One of the first things I remember being taught as a young girl growing up in Christian Science was to know the truth of my being as a child of God, and to turn to this truth whenever there was a need for healing.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Man is harmonious when governed by Soul. Hence the importance of understanding the truth of being, which reveals the laws of spiritual existence” (p. 273). I am so grateful for this teaching and for the harmony and healing I have experienced throughout my life because of it.
I had an opportunity to gain an even deeper understanding of spiritual being during my second pregnancy. As with my first pregnancy, I worked with a Christian Science practitioner on a weekly and often daily basis. My husband was always supportive and receptive to the spiritual truths shared during our conversations with the practitioner, though he is not a Christian Scientist. The delivery was to take place in a hospital with an attending physician.
One day while at work in mid-pregnancy, I began feeling quite dizzy and was unable to clearly see out of one eye. A colleague noticed my appearance and called the doctor’s office. When the symptoms were described to the nurse, she urged that I be taken to the nearest emergency room. A colleague offered to take me to meet my husband at the hospital.
On the way in her car, I turned to God and listened for His directing voice. As I prayed to see the baby and myself as God’s spiritual children always under His care and protection, I was led to ask my colleague if she prayed, and she said she did. I told her I relied on prayer for healing, and we began talking about how each of us prays. I mentioned that I start with divine Love—that Love, God, is a comforting ever-presence, and that with God all things are possible.
Pondering the truth of my being, I acknowledged that Love was sustaining my life, the life of the child, and the life of my colleague, who was expressing support and care for me. I felt deep comfort and peace. Even though the physical symptoms were still present, I knew my needs were being met.
My husband and I arrived at the hospital within minutes of each other. He was calm and simply held my hand as I spoke to the practitioner on the phone. When the doctors came into the room, there seemed to be an air of uncertainty because they couldn’t locate the baby’s heartbeat. But instead of going down this path of uncertainty, I continued praying, silently countering with truth the concerned comments made by the staff. I affirmed that I had all the understanding needed to see that every idea of divine Mind was in its right place and had its useful function and purpose.
In praying for myself as well as the baby, I replaced the word son with daughter in the statement, “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11). These truths gave me a clear understanding of the perfection of God’s ideas—the truth of my being and the baby’s—so that when the doctors decided a complicated test should be performed, I was not impressed. Rather, I felt the presence of divine Love wash over my baby and me. Again, peace and calm replaced the storm of human opinions, fear, and doubt. And at that very moment the doctors located the baby’s heartbeat.
Many hours had passed. My husband continually updated the practitioner throughout the evening. The doctors knew I was relying on prayer for this pregnancy and understood I was eager to go home. When they were confident that all was well, I was released. As my husband and I drove home, we were overwhelmed by enormous gratitude for the calm we felt, even during the moments that seemed to be tense and filled with doubt. We did not feel separated from God’s tender love and perfection. This is the truth of being—perfection.
Four months later our little girl was born, and she continues to bring joy, adventure, peace, and love to our lives. I am grateful for this experience, because throughout what seemed a stormy time, I was able to pray and feel the truth of being for our baby and myself.
As Science and Health explains on page 481, “Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else.”
Meghan H. Quirk
Parker, Colorado, US
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