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‘Nothing could keep me from praising God’

From the April 2018 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I am deeply grateful for how Christian Science healed me of a sudden throat problem a few months ago. As I arrived at my branch Church of Christ, Scientist, on a Wednesday night to serve as First Reader, there was a strange burning sensation in my throat. The testimony meeting was to begin in forty minutes, and I was unable to clear my throat or speak clearly. I was concerned about being able to conduct the service.

Immediately, I began declaring the truth of the healing laws contained in “the scientific statement of being” on page 468 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. It starts: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.” I affirmed that I am included in divine Mind’s “infinite manifestation” (as we all are). Therefore, I have divine authority to deny the erroneous belief that claims I am a mortal, that I am subservient to the five physical senses, and that my spiritual identity as the beloved child of God is dependent on matter.

After a couple of minutes of praying this way, I felt all fear about the situation dissolve. I went out to the church auditorium and was able to complete my preparation for the service.

However, the problem with my throat persisted. As I continued to pray, it was clear to me that this challenge wasn’t really about me, per se, but was merely an attempt by what the Apostle Paul calls “the carnal mind” (see Romans 8:7) to keep the Word of God, explained in the pastor of Christian Science (the Bible and Science and Health), from being shared to uplift and heal the congregation. Recognizing this relieved me of a sense of burden and pressure about conducting the service well. 

Following this recognition, the phrase “Truth’s mouthpiece” came to my thought. It was familiar to me as being from a paragraph in an article by Mrs. Eddy titled “Loyal Christian Scientists.” Referring to God as divine Truth, the paragraph reads, in part: “Whosoever proclaims Truth loudest, becomes the mark for error’s shafts. The archers aim at Truth’s mouthpiece; but a heart loyal to God is patient and strong. Justice waits, and is used to waiting; and right wins the everlasting victory” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 277).

This was perfect for my situation. I was filled with the conviction that nothing can ever silence the Word of Truth or keep its healing effects from being known and acknowledged. Truth is All.

For the next several minutes, I felt bathed in a deep sense of the power and presence of divine Life, Truth, and Love. I was overcome with a sense of gratitude for the healing efficacy of Christian Science, and for all that Christ Jesus and Mrs. Eddy did to publicly proclaim the Word of Truth. I felt safe and strong.

At that point I realized the discomfort in my throat was almost entirely gone. When the time came to begin the service, I entered the auditorium with deep gratitude.

As the first hymn was played through, the thought came that perhaps I shouldn’t try to sing so as to not aggravate the problem. Immediately I mentally declared that nothing could keep me from praising God for His goodness, love, and tender care.

I was able to sing normally, clearly, and with deep joy for Christian Science healing. I conducted the service and read with complete freedom. The next day I flew out of town for my annual Christian Science students’ association meeting, where I continued to be able to sing and speak normally and without discomfort. 

Christian Science healed me. A poem I love by Mrs. Eddy asks: “Saw ye my Saviour? Heard ye the glad sound? / Felt ye the power of the Word?” (Poems, p. 75). I am grateful to be able to say, “Yes!”

Allison J. Rose-Sonnesyn
Washington, District of Columbia, US

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