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

Feeling God's Presence Heals Pain

Some weeks ago, I sat down at the piano to practice the hymns I was to play for Sunday School. When I tried to get seated, somehow the piano bench and I went backwards together to the floor, and I felt quite a bit of pain and concern for my foot.

The words, “All power is given unto our God, on Him we place reliance,” a hymn by Martin Luther (Tune: “Ein Feste Burg”), which I had just been singing, stayed with me.

Another favorite idea that supported me, one from the Bible, was this: "For in Him [God] we live, and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28)

Then the idea came to my thought that my identity was spiritual, not in matter. Therefore no part of my identity had fallen at all. I was held in complete perfection in divine Mind (God). I actually felt safe at that moment, because realizing this truth kept me unfazed by the physical appearance.

My husband helped me up and I turned to the Bible lesson for that week. The Bible lessons are made up of citations from the Bible (King James Version), and from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. One sentence really stood out to me: "If they yield to this influence [error, mesmerism, hypnotism], it is because their belief is not better instructed by spiritual understanding" (p. 402:26-28).

I knew that we are "better instructed", because Love (God) is always present to lead us to the spiritual understanding, and keeps us safe from any false influences.

So I was in Sunday School on Sunday morning, and was able to play the hymns. I was so grateful for this glimpse of the spiritual fact which came to thought, right when the physical picture tried to say otherwise.

I am truly grateful for this experience, as every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger.

J.K., State College, PA
Healing of Bee Stings

Last summer I inadvertently stepped into a large nest of yellow jacket bees. Having experienced many healings through prayer, I turned to God. I realized that I had been harboring "stinging" thoughts about a member of my family who had been unkind to me.  Praying with the definition of "man" in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 475), I saw that man includes "all right ideas" and "has not a single quality underived from Deity.” I made a list of erroneous qualities, such as "coldness" and "unkindness" and replaced them with "warmth," "affection," and "thoughtfulness."  The list took up several pages. I was clearing my mental table of rancid food and placing back on the table the right ideas that were pure and true. Upon completing the list, I felt as if I had been baptized. The challenges of pain, allergic reaction, and difficulty in breathing were healed the following day.

This healing was transformative.  It showed me how important it is to keep my thought aligned with what it says in Genesis 1:26:  "And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good."  The Christ—the divine influence ever present in human consciousness--is active.  The man of God's creating--the only identity of each of us--includes only the loving qualities of divine Love.

Rather than react to how others act, we respond to the gentle, tender revelations of good that the Christ is pouring forth moment by moment.

The relationship between the family member and me has improved and there is a more natural and mutual feeling of love.

L.E., Centre Hall, PA

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