_ I was pretty new to the study of Christian Science I had come to it out of a deep desire to understand God, but now I was faced with a need for healing.
My baby daughter was ill. She was feverish and stuffy. It was challenging for her to drink from her bottle. I cradled her in my arms until she was sleepy. Then, I put her in her crib and sat beside her in my rocking chair. Now what? The only things I could think of were the bottom-line spiritual facts that had brought me to this teaching: “God is All in all.” And, “God is Love.” I pondered these two all-encompassing ideas.
_ I wasn’t fearful. I just felt confident that these ideas were the truth about God. I didn’t think I knew anything about giving Christian Science prayer treatment, but I knew I could pray. So I began. I thought: “Well, then, God is All and God is Love, so Love fills this bedroom. Love is in every nook and cranny.” My prayer expanded: “Love fills my whole town. Love embraces everyone and everything in it.” And more: “Love is everywhere in my state, my country – the entire world, and universe – it fills the skies and beyond.” I wasn’t focusing on my child. She and Love were in the same place. She was safe.
I don’t know how long I prayed this way but, at some point, I noticed that it was getting dark outside. And, that my little one’s breathing was easier and she was drinking from her bottle. She went to sleep and I went to bed. By morning, she was her happy, smiling self. And, so was I!
I’m still learning from that long ago healing. It is really natural to fearlessly trust the scientific, spiritual fact of God’s hereness and nowness and allness. It inspires confidence to know that the power of God is really and truly where we are. It is natural to feel comforted and blessed – to expect healing results, even if the grand revelation of God’s allness still feels new.
Yes, God is All and God is Love. God is with us. Always. Everywhere. Mrs. Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, wrote of God’s loving all-presence "from the rolling of worlds, in the most subtle ether, to a potato patch”! (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 26)
I now know that what I gave quite naturally that day was a Christian Science treatment. In fact, as time went on after that healing, I learned an important point about treatment through prayer. God Himself impels it. It is not really personal. It is the Christ, or the gentle, powerful influence of God Himself, moving human consciousness to the spiritual ideas that break the illusion of sickness and fear, and enables us to yield to God’s perfect law of healing.
Kay Olson CSB is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher in Pennsylvania. She would love to read your comments below or to hear from you directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no