First Church of Christ, Scientist, State College
(Christian Science)

Burn Healed


While taking hot cooked cereal out of the microwave, I spilled it on my fingers. I condemned myself for being so stupid. It was quite hot, and the area around my wedding ring quickly became red and blistered.  I removed the ring.  The thought came to pray.  Then I thought: "This is a small thing--I can just tough it out and deal with the pain in other ways, such as forgetting about it and ignoring it."

Then I recognized this as a false suggestion that some problems are too serious to pray about and others are too small to pray about.    At that point I did reach out to God, divine Love.  I realized that the burn wasn't the problem, but that the condemnation of myself was what needed healing.

God, Good, created all and He could only make that which is good. Condemnation isn't good so He could not have made it. Since God didn't make it, it just ISN'T.

The burn and the condemnation were lies, no more true than 5+5= 7. I cleaned up the counter, oven, and floor, and chuckled to myself that they had needed cleaning anyway! I put my ring back on and in several hours all evidence of the incident was gone.

Some might say that having a high pain threshold and time would have had the same effect.  But I feel blessed to have approached this problem with prayer because it gave me a little more insight into the fact that God never made condemnation and that no problems are too big or too small for God.  A six foot high zero has no more validity than a six inch zero. "There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."  (Romans 8:1)

L. E. Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, United States
Fear of Cancer Healed
Mary Baker Eddy states that “Christian scientific practice begins with Christ’s keynote of harmony, ‘Be not afraid!’”  (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 410)  This statement was meaningful to me when I was medically diagnosed with melanoma, the most severe type of skin cancer.  The tumor was surgically removed and I went through a large battery of tests to see if the cancer had spread.  During this time, I asked a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me to help me not be fearful. Throughout the period of diagnosis, surgery, and testing, I had no fear even though each physician I saw was alarmed over the depth of the tumor.

Over the following five years, I saw an oncologist, a dermatologist, and a general practitioner for testing since there is no medical treatment for melanoma nor did I want such treatment even if available.  Again, I had no fear that the cancer would reappear.  At the end of 5 years, the oncologist said he didn’t need to see me any more since I was cancer free.

Several months ago my brother said he had a small yellow pimple-like blemish on his skin that was diagnosed as melanoma and had it surgically removed.  Shortly after that I noticed a similar blemish on one cheek.  I thought it was just a pimple and would go away in a week or so.  However, several weeks went by and it grew larger.  I became fearful and started to imagine the melanoma had come back.  I had an appointment scheduled in about a month with the dermatologist but I thought about calling her to get an immediate appointment.  Then it occurred to me that I should use the month to focus on praying as I have learned in Christian Science. I began to pray and almost immediately the fear left.   About a week later while reading in bed, I felt something on my cheek.  I reached up and picked up a small, round, hard object and went into the bathroom to look in the mirror.  The blemish was completely gone and I couldn’t tell where it had been.  My later appointment with the dermatologist went routinely. 

My prayer followed Mrs. Eddy’s admonition to “Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients.  Silently reassure them as to their exemption from disease and danger.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 411)  When I did this, the fear left and the healing began.

M.H., State College, Pennsylvania, United States

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