By Rachel Hanson
Earlier this year, for a period of several weeks I found myself waking up in the middle of the night filled with fear—worries about my future and fears about various problems. I would be unable to calm my thought or pray. And despite feeling very tired, I would be unable to fall asleep again for several hours.
These restless nights made it difficult to be alert and energized during the day. I knew I needed to find a way to replace worried thoughts with calm ones and get back to resting peacefully—and prayer was the obvious way forward.
In the Preface of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mrs. Eddy writes of healing: “The Physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus’ time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear as naturally and as necessarily as darkness gives place to light and sin to reformation. Now, as then, these mighty works are not supernatural, but supremely natural. They are the sign of Immanuel, or ‘God with us,’ – a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and repeating itself, coming now as was promised aforetime…” (xi:9-18). The following posts are written accounts of just four of the many healings by members of this church. To hear more about Christian Science healing, you are welcome to attend our Wednesday night testimony meetings at 8:00 pm.
Christian Science practitioners provide spiritual treatment through prayer that results in healing—which includes the resolution of relationship or financial difficulties, physical cure, and transformed lives. Christian Science practitioners are available full time to help anyone, anywhere, through prayer. They answer questions, too.
Treatment is based on the Bible and the principles explained in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, including the idea that there is one, all-good God, who loves and cares for each of us.
Feel free to contact a practitioner by phone, email, or written letter. Many have offices where you can meet for an appointment, and most will also visit people in their homes. Christian Science practitioners are professionals and do charge for the treatment they provide. Each practitioner sets individual rates, so feel free to discuss payment with any practitioner you contact.
Visit this web page about Christian Science practitioners to watch videos and learn more about what practitioners do and how they help with healing.
by Elaina Cokinos
I am grateful for the experiences of healing I have had through studying Christian Science and living the truths I have learned. I have found that when I pray with deep consecration, I find guidance and am protected and healed. Prayer and study have taught me that, in healing, one’s thought needs to be filled with what is true about God and man. This understanding of spiritual truth enables us to triumph over the errors of material sense, including sickness and pain.
About five or six years ago, one day my brother and I were lovingly teasing each other. He playfully punched me in the shoulder a little harder than he meant to. After that, my shoulder never felt totally right. The incident left me feeling discomfort that persisted on and off for the next several years. I was in high school at the time and didn’t give the situation much prayerful thought. I just went about my life.
Then, about a year ago, now a college student, I was playing in my team’s first lacrosse game of the season. Early in the game I fell on my shoulder. I stayed on the ground for a couple of seconds, but I immediately said a firm “no” to the thought of injury. I thought about how I could pray unceasingly, including in that moment (see I Thessalonians 5:17). I firmly denied and denounced the error, the suggestion that I could be injured or in any way separated from God’s love.
by Consuela H. Allen
After a busy Saturday afternoon in spring last year, I decided to take a short nap. I lay down on my bed with the screened-in window open behind me.
My very large cat, Buttons, also decided that a nap was a good idea and snuggled up next to me. I soon drifted off, only to be sharply awakened by something hitting my head very hard. I jumped up quickly. Buttons stood by the window, looking rather sheepish. I realized he had probably seen a squirrel outside and lunged toward it, jumping on my face on his way. I felt shocked and was in a great deal of pain, and I wasn’t sure if one of my eyes had been injured. But I immediately knew one thing: I was going to choose to get information only from spiritual sense, and not from what the material senses were telling me.
by Francine Kiefer
In July 2011, just weeks after I started as First Reader at my local Christian Science branch church, I noticed a lump on my breast and discoloration. I immediately called a Christian Science practitioner to support me in prayer. To be honest, even as a lifelong Christian Scientist, I had always thought I might react with dread and panic to a symptom such as this. But wonderfully, my initial response was naturally calm and unafraid, and I was confident of complete healing.
I was convinced that this condition was simply a suggestion—mortal mind’s attempt to dislodge me from my post as Reader, which I loved. I felt certain that I would not have been given this privilege and opportunity to bless others and grow spiritually, only to have to forfeit it for illness.
The practitioner pointed me to the story of Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, and this promise: “The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build” (Nehemiah 2:20). This reminded me that God is doing the healing work (not me), and, indeed, that divine Love upholds our church.
by Kurt Hochstein
I have gained such spiritual insight and inspiration from reading Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy. What I’ve learned about God and my relationship with Him from this book has been a constant source of peace and comfort. Last spring a particular passage helped spur on a healing.
Since my youth, I’d had a large mole on my back. Then one day last year I had the sudden and startling realization that I didn’t need to accept this condition without question. I recognized this inspiration as the working of the Christ—a divine message communicating the possibility of regeneration and healing.
I’ve learned, from my study of both Christian Science and the Bible, to mentally confront and reject discord—physical or otherwise—as an imposition on my health, rather than as part of my experience. The Apostle Paul admonishes, “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh,” and “Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit” (II Cor. 5:16; Rom. 8:9). These concepts challenged me to look beyond physical conditions and perceive my true identity as spiritual.