Healings and responses to assignment
I have read all of the testimonies three or four times. Do I feel differently about Christian Science healing following the reading? Yes, I wonder how anyone could not!
I must say I was worried about whether I would “in all honesty” feel differently about Christian Science healing, but I do. Here is what I learned from reading this packet of one clear, physical healing after another:
In all honesty, do you feel differently about Christian Science healing and your own practice of C.S. after completing the reading?
Reading the compilation of testimonies has already helped my own Christian Science nursing practice. Prior to receiving the assignment, I had for many months gone to bed by reading testimonies from the bound volumes.
I would have read all of it the very first day, but instead I made myself space out my reading over a number of days. This proved to be an especially good idea, because the testimonies were so thought-provoking and heart-warming that reading only a couple each day was enough to give me inspiration throughout the entire day. These testimonies gave me strength and courage to go forward with my daily activities. In fact, I would save time to read the testimonies during a period in the day when I most needed inspiration and confidence to continue going forward.
I. My initial reaction is of the critical importance of turning to God first, immediately, and under all circumstances. Irrespective of the nature or severity of the claim, turn only to God’s loving care. I thought the accident examples were dramatic proofs of this.
I’ve just finished reading all the testimonies you sent. A HUGE thank you!
Yes, they made a difference in my thinking and expectations. The most dramatic account for me stated in the first paragraph, “at this time I was an albino.” Knowing where it must be headed, I gasped out loud and clasped my hand to my mouth and had tears in my eyes. I realized afterwards how I was showing my lack of understanding. All healings (even this one) should seem normal and natural and not shocking or even surprising.
In direct response to the first question of our assignment, here are some of the ways in which the reading of the testimonies is making me “feel differently about Christian Science healing and [my] own practice.”
The assignment asks if I feel differently now about Christian Science healing and my practice. The testimonies definitely stirred things up! They challenge a kind of conservatism or settling down that occasionally seems attractive or easier. They ask me to be more realistic in considering God’s power.