Some years ago I was repairing rusty musical instruments in the college where I was a professor of singing. Suddenly the aerosol can I was using exploded in my face. The pain was intense and I was unable to see. A colleague arrived and wanted me to go to a doctor at once.
I bathed my face and then was helped to a telephone. I called a Christian Science practitioner, who immediately started praying for me. My colleague respected my wishes and kindly took me home with her.
As I had been on college property when the incident occurred, the college insisted that I be examined by an eye specialist. The specialist informed me that nothing could be done for either eye, as the iris and pupil in both were irreparably damaged. The college needed a second medical opinion, so I was examined by another specialist. The diagnosis was the same, and this specialist urged me to undergo immediate rehabilitation at a center for the blind. I did not do so.
The practitioner continued to pray for me. We affirmed that true sight is included in spiritual understanding and that the real man is always at the standpoint of perfection and therefore needs no rehabilitation.
I learned much during what turned out to be a six-month period. There were important lessons in overcoming human will, pride, and self-justification. The practitioner worked with selfless dedication, and she gave me many citations to ponder. Hymn 148 in the Christian Science Hymnal was particularly helpful. It begins, "In heavenly Love abiding, / No change my heart shall fear . . . ." The words "No change my heart shall fear" aided me in realizing that I need not be impressed with the change in the human picture, because a spiritual idea of God is forever intact. On page 264 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy we read: "Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind?"
As we worked together the practitioner lovingly helped me gain a higher understanding of what true sight is. Words can never express my gratitude for her patience and loving support. To me she epitomized the spirit of this passage on page 367 of Science and Health: "The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love."
I came to recognize that if I hid myself away and did not continue attending church and going on with my work as a concert singer, I was giving credence to the difficulty.
Soon I was able to fulfill concert engagements and travel about freely, although I was still totally unable to see. Friends and church members helped me understand that "underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deut. 33:27), and I truly felt enveloped in God's love.
Within six months my sight was restored so fully that I no longer needed the glasses I had previously used for reading and watching television.
How grateful I am for this beautiful healing. During the ten years I have been a member of The Mother Church I have received abundant blessings, and I could never express sufficient gratitude.
Webster, New York
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