“I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38, 39).
I’ve found that this Bible passage is a potent prayer and is very reassuring in hard times. It teaches us not to doubt or to fear, but to persevere and to have faith in God. Christ Jesus said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). He showed us our oneness with God, and life in Christ, Truth. Paul, who wrote the passage about not being separated from the love of God, knew that our oneness with God could not be broken, and that we are planted in Christ.
In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter” (p. 468). Throughout Science and Health, she explains that there is no actual life outside of God, Spirit, and His Christ. Our reflection of divine Love, and the light of Christ, cannot be dimmed by mortal circumstances or material conditions.
In 1995, I was renting a house with two friends in a suburb of Lisbon, Portugal. One Friday at work, I became uncomfortable, and my stomach felt very upset. I prayed, and I held to the spiritual understanding that no disease or pain could be manifested in my life.
I went home after work and called a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me. She told me that I was a perfect child of God, and God was really in control of my entire being. She reassured me with spiritual truths such as these to calm my fear and support healing. I also prayed for myself by knowing that I was created in the image and likeness of God and that there was nothing in God’s all-good kingdom that could attack me. I kept knowing that I was secure in God’s hands.
That evening, the situation worsened, and I became very sick. I wasn’t able to eat or drink anything. This lasted a little over a week. I lost a noticeable amount of weight, and my friends were very concerned about me. I mostly stayed in bed while my friends left home early for work and came back at night.
During this time, I did not have the strength to hold a book to read or study, so I prayed with passages I knew, such as the ninety-first Psalm and parts of Science and Health, including “the scientific statement of being” (p. 468). I held to these spiritual truths, and I also listened to a tape of hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal that my sister had sent me a few months earlier.
These words from a poem by Mrs. Eddy, which is also set to music as a hymn, got my attention:
Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock,
Upon Life’s shore,
’Gainst which the winds and waves can shock,
(Poems, p. 12)
The words “Truth engrounds me on the rock” took root in my thought, and I held to this idea. I affirmed my oneness with my Father, God, and the presence of the Christ, and I denied that the error of sickness, or error of any kind, could separate me from this rock, Christ. I kept praying with this idea all the time. I knew I was resting in “green pastures,” surrounded by the presence of the Christ. I also knew that the Christian Science practitioner was praying. And my fear melted.
On Saturday, a little more than a week after the problem began, I was alone at home and hungry, and I decided to go to a shop about two blocks away from our house to buy fruit. What was normally a five-minute walk took me much longer. As soon as I entered the shop, the owner, who knew my roommates and me very well, said that an ambulance needed to be called to take me to a hospital. I said to her that I was fine, and there was no need to call an ambulance. I felt that the battle regarding the illness had already been won in my thought, and I had been able to walk a distance that I hadn’t been able to walk for more than a week. In Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896 Mrs. Eddy makes the statement, “Christian Science never healed a patient without proving with mathematical certainty that error, when found out, is two-thirds destroyed, and the remaining third kills itself” (p. 210).
The shop owner looked at me as though I were not thinking correctly and kept insisting that I should go to the hospital. I knew that “Truth is always the victor” (Science and Health, p. 380). I thought back on prior healings through reliance on Christian Science; I had been instantaneously healed of malaria the morning after it had become severe one night, and I had been protected when in a canoe battling high waves in the Atlantic Ocean. I was 100 percent sure that the problem was over. I reassured the owner, thanked her, bought some fruit, and left, walking slowly back home. That day I started eating, little by little.
On Monday, I went back to my job doing construction work. My boss was surprised when he saw me and offered that I could go home, but I felt as though I could work, and I worked the whole day as I had done in the past without any disruption. I continued working the following days. A month later, I had gained back all the weight I had lost. I was completely healed by holding to spiritual truths about my true identity. Everyone who had seen me before the healing was surprised that I was healed. As it says in Science and Health, “Spiritual man is the image or idea of God, an idea which cannot be lost nor separated from its divine Principle” (p. 303).
Jesus said: “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:23). Individuals around the world, through prayer and understanding, are seeing the destruction of mountains of error. Healing is happening every minute, and spiritual truth is changing the world. I give immense gratitude to Jesus Christ for the sacrifices he made and to Mrs. Eddy for the clear understanding she gave to us of the Christ, Truth, recorded in the Bible.
Alvaro Pedro Manzenza
Richardson, Texas, US
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