As you know, I have been really loving reading, but about a month ago I started sniffling during the service (this had happened before). This was sort of at the height of the media frenzy about the flu, and I felt really embarrassed and ashamed about sniffling on the platform as I read. I did keep praying, and one thing that was very helpful to me at that moment was knowing that the congregation was supporting the service as well. I started to feel better, and by that afternoon I was completely well! Not just good, but great! In a related matter, I had also fallen into believing that I tended to have a sniffly nose in the morning, but I have been free from this ever since that day. When I gave a testimony about this on Wednesday night, afterward one of the members of my church told me that she had noticed the condition and immediately declared that this could not touch the service. I’m so grateful for this healing, which has been so thorough and permanent.
And the other fruitage is from just last night, and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it! I have finally read through my class readings and notes in their entirety (something I have always wanted to do regularly but have not actually done until now), and I had an instantaneous healing! I’ve had instantaneous healings before, but this was so dramatic and so clearly linked to an idea I was just studying, and that is:
“There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause.” (Science and Health, p. 207)
I remember in class your saying that your Sunday School teacher was healed of polio as a child by studying this paragraph and that she had asked you and the other teenagers to memorize this. I have tried to memorize it myself, but it was reading it in my class notes and thinking about it that resulted in my healing.
The day before yesterday I had done my laundry at the laundromat and had used, for the first time, a giant backpack instead of my usual two bags on either arm. I thought this would be a more comfortable way to transport my laundry (and it ultimately was), but when I initially put the backpack on, I wasn’t prepared for the weight and felt like I had hurt my back. The next day, I was quite uncomfortable, and I can’t say I really settled down to pray until last night. But when I read that statement by Mary Baker Eddy in my notes, it was like a light bulb going on: There is just one cause, and that cause is God! A heavy backpack is not this cause, and there can’t be any effect that doesn’t come from God. It just snapped me out of believing mortal mind, and I was totally free of the discomfort! I really understand that feeling of the man who, after being healed by Peter and John, went into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God! (I did that a bit in my room.) And I love how this idea of God as the only cause can be applied to any situation.