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Vision restored

From the January 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

About ten years ago my husband began detecting a gradual loss of vision in his right eye, which continued until all vision in the eye was lost. He asked me to pray with him for healing through Christian Science treatment. 

At the time, we were struggling with the negative impact of the Great Recession on our business. Many local businesses in our trade were closing. To keep the company viable, we found it necessary to cut both our own and our employees’ wages substantially. 

During the next year and a half, we humbly prayed for understanding and wisdom to know how to proceed. We were confident our desire to bear witness to God’s abundant goodness would take tangible form. Our thoughts were leavened spiritually every day through rejecting aggressive fears and affirming our true, real, spiritual being—that we actually live in Spirit, not matter, governed by Spirit’s sweet harmonies.

One day my husband expressed interest in taking Primary class instruction in Christian Science. We discussed the idea, and he arranged an interview with an authorized teacher of Christian Science and subsequently completed an application for the teacher’s class. 

During this period my husband was working on a construction project in the tropics, and he needed to have his sunglasses retinted. He visited an optometrist for that purpose. An exam was required, and the optometrist expressed great alarm upon seeing the condition of the sightless eye, asking my husband to explain what had happened. My husband replied he wasn’t aware of a cause of the damage. The optometrist informed him there was no medical procedure to address the condition and told him unequivocally that the eye would always remain blind. 

My husband recalls immediately rejecting the optometrist’s prognosis, firmly and conscientiously, on the basis of cherishing the fresh spiritual inspiration and spiritual truths impelling him toward class instruction. Two months passed, and then, with joy, he received word from his teacher that he’d been accepted for the upcoming class. 

The very next day, my husband attended the Sunday church service at the local Church of Christ, Scientist, near his job site. The final hymn was one of his favorites. It begins, “In heavenly Love abiding, / No change my heart shall fear,” and later says:

His wisdom ever waketh,
   His sight is never dim; 
He knows the way He taketh, 
   And I will walk with Him. 
(Anna L. Waring, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 148

While he was singing with the congregation, his eyes began tearing, and afterward when he wiped away the tears and stepped outdoors into the bright sunlight, he realized the blind eye that was never supposed to see again was seeing! He was awed. Having been without the use of the eye for two years, he found he couldn’t even speak of the healing until the following day, when he phoned to share it with me.

There was more to this healing, which came later, during the twelve-day period of class instruction. One evening as my husband was studying his assignment for class the next day, the silence was broken when he blurted out, “This is good stuff!” I was reading in the opposite corner of the apartment and was startled by the exclamation, since this wasn’t how he normally spoke—English is a second language for him. However, I realized he wasn’t addressing me but was immersed in his own thought. I said nothing in reply, then heard him repeat, “This is good stuff!” Still I said nothing, recalling God’s words to Moses at the burning bush: “Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5). My husband finished his preparation, and we retired for the night, never discussing the incident. 

In the morning we walked together as usual to the bus stop where he would catch the bus to his class. As we crossed a beautiful sunlit patio, my husband put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Judy, look!” I looked all around but didn’t know what he was calling attention to; all was bright and beautiful—and normal—to me. As it turned out, he’d experienced further healing of the same eye. The earlier healing restored vision; now he’d regained additional clarity and saw more detail, such as the grout between stones. Christ, Truth, so near in thought the evening before, was witnessed once again in physical healing. It’s been eight years now, and the healing has remained complete. 

Within a few months after my husband took class instruction, we saw our business blessed by God’s promise recorded in the Bible: “Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10). Not one, but several exceptional projects came to our firm without our soliciting them, and they provided work for our full crew for years to come. Within a year our company had rebounded financially from its lowest point during the Great Recession, enabling us to restore all back wages in full to our employees as well as distribute bonuses.

Christian Science class instruction has proved to be an unparalleled blessing for my husband and me. The spiritualization of thought and spiritual growth it promotes deepen one’s appreciation of and gratitude for Mrs. Eddy’s incomparable lifework in following Christ Jesus’ teaching and example and in founding the Church of Christ, Scientist. My husband and I are so grateful to be students of Christian Science.

Judy Kurisu
Portland, Oregon, US

My wife Judy Kurisu’s testimonial healing statement about my eye is correct.

With English as a second language for me, it was hard work to read and prepare for each day’s class, but on the tenth day of class I felt a sense of clear understanding like coming out from a dark tunnel, or like sunlight appearing all of a sudden from breaking clouds. 

Class materials that day included the following from Mary Baker Eddy’s writings: “The theology of Christian Science is based on the action of the divine Mind over the human mind and body; …” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 62), and the phrase, “a divine influence ever present in human consciousness” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. xi). They also included this verse from Luke: “And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see” (10:23).

It took until the tenth class (tenth day) to begin to see the light and dark—the “line of demarcation” between error and Truth (see Science and Health, p. 586). After finishing the homework that day, I shouted to myself, “This is good stuff!” 

The next morning, as usual, my wife and I were walking to the bus station on the brick paver sidewalk with beautiful magnolia flower petals scattered. I felt something different and more pleasant than usual, clearly seeing the small lines of brick grout and the beautiful magnolia flower petals. 

My eye is now seeing naturally.

Hoichi Kurisu

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