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I had a severe pain in my lower back that limited my movement and comfort. After a period of time with no apparent improvement, I engaged a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me about this problem. There was immediate improvement and relief. After a few days, the practitioner shared this thought with me: “God is Love and God is All, so there is no poison to get in the pot”. I felt the truth of that statement so deeply that the pain disappeared entirely at that moment and never returned.–Colin

I was exploring a venue for an outdoor summer event when I tripped over the uneven ground, fell hard, and landed with my face to the ground. I heard my nose crack. The friends with me scrambled to help in some way. But I asked to remain face down for a few moments in order to affirm spiritual truths that I learned in Christian Science. To start, I declared that there are no accidents in God’s kingdom–God knowingly maintains and sustains all His ideas. I also thought of my preparation for my role in the Sunday church service (I was serving as Second Reader of the weekly Bible Lesson). That helped me to see that nothing could interrupt or interfere with this important God-impelled activity! The bleeding stopped immediately, the slight swelling soon disappeared, and there was no bruising at all.–Natalie

Some years ago, I was working in India and living in a somewhat isolated guest house. Not long into my stay, I was stricken by a painful and weakening case of dysentery. Fluids came out of both ends of my body and I was unable to eat. I couldn’t help but think of the Bible story about the paralyzed man sitting by the Pool of Bethesda waiting for someone to put him in the healing waters. Jesus approached him and said” take up thy bed and walk.” Which he did. Christian Science teaches that Jesus’ healing was evidence of God’s Love and Presence, not just an exceptional miracle. And that there are spiritual laws which make that healing available to us here and now. As I turned to those teachings and asserted them in prayer and thought, the symptoms faded, and energy returned. It was amazing to my Indian colleagues, who had sought me out and insisted on taking me to the hospital,  not only that had I recovered without medical treatment (being dipped in the Pool of Bethesda), but also that I recovered so quickly compared to the general course of the familiar ailment. — Ed

I’d had a growth on my face for about ten years, which had enlarged to the point where it was quite unsightly, and I feared might indicate a serious health issue. I’d pray a little as I had been taught in Christian Science, found some comfort, and then ignored it again (ignoring problems is not part of Christian Science!). Then while reading the Christian Science Bible Lesson one day, I came upon this statement: “That man is material, and that matter suffers,—these propositions can only seem real and natural in illusion”. I understood in that moment that my beauty—in fact, my very life—was spiritual, not material. The next morning, I noticed that the growth was almost entirely gone. The next time I washed my face, the entire growth was completely gone, and my face has remained clear.–Kay

This past year, I was asked to pray for a friend’s daughter who was in intensive care with her newborn baby. Interestingly, that week’s Bible Lesson contained many helpful citations about creation. The following citation, in particular, came to mind: “To attend properly the birth of the new child, or divine idea, you should so detach mortal thought from its material conceptions, that the birth will be natural and safe. Though gathering new energy, this idea cannot injure its useful surroundings in the travail of spiritual birth. The new idea, conceived and born of Truth and Love, is clad in white garments… When this new birth takes place, the Christian Science infant is born of the Spirit, born of God, and can cause the mother no more suffering.” I called shortly after praying with that idea and found that the mother was already moved out of intensive care and the baby went home several days later.–Natalie