I am grateful for so many lessons learned this past year. Our entire family was privileged to witness a significant healing that my mother experienced last fall, after being knocked to the ground while she was trying to help a driver get out of a tricky parking spot. At the time, she was living with my sister (who is not a Christian Scientist and was trained as an occupational therapist) and so my mother had to take a strong stand for her desire to rely on Christian Science for healing and most certainly did! Although my mother was initially unable to walk, she “dug into the books” and worked diligently with the support of a practitioner. I was able to visit her over a series of weekends and spoke to her daily, encouraging her to “hold…steadfastly” to the Truth. (S&H 261:4) My mom soon progressed to being able to move with the assistance of a walker and within another short while was once again moving freely, even driving five hours (each way) to come and visit us at our home. This was certainly a dramatic change from the initial picture my sister painted when she first called with great concern. My mom was able to return to her role as my sister’s “right-hand,” actively helping her to run a small business. My mother also told me later that my sister eventually sat down with her to inquire how this healing had come about. I certainly wish I had been there!
I had a healing of a back problem. It seemed to come from the lifting I do at work. I was up in the middle of the night and could not get back to bed. My husband helped me back and I was able to rest easily that night. Great progress came every day from not being able to move at all to complete freedom. It’s pretty amazing how losing self in helping others is a great healing agent. Other Christian Science nurses where I work seemed to be having the same issue and the thought kept presenting itself that we all had to be on half duty because we couldn’t lift anymore. That to me is a medical thought, just manage the condition instead of seeing its unreality for ourselves. I wanted the complete healing however, and demanded it until it manifested itself in my freedom. What would I do without this Science?
I heard our son drive into his shop next door sounding his horn, so I went over to see what was the matter. He had just had an alignment done on his truck. He had been quoted $70 but the final bill was $270 (quite a chunk out of a 19 year old’s paycheck), but the real problem was that driving home the alignment didn’t feel right: loose and floaty. He is a mechanic himself, so he and a friend went right at removing the tires to check their work.
I noticed throughout a work day that the symptoms of a headache were coming on. When I got home later in the day I was feeling quite unwell. I have had headaches in the past and for a time quite frequently, but with the help of a practitioner and my own prayers the claim had been met. But the familiar feelings of pain, accompanied with nausea, plus any bright light being uncomfortable were swimming in thought.
At our membership meeting earlier this week, several members walked out before the end of the meeting, during the “Comments for the good of the Cause.” The suggestion came that they were acting with a blatant lack of grace toward the membership as a whole, as well as a lack of support for Church. The meeting had been without controversy and was not overly long. It felt like we were being deserted.
Then closer home, my son, who works for the government, also became ill. He sought and received Christian Science treatment from me. The situation seemed to persist, and at one point to take a turn for the worse. In order to approve a leave of absence, his workplace insisted he get a hospital report according to government policy. This was totally against his wish. Prior to leaving for the hospital, he requested that I contact another practitioner for metaphysical support, and he released me from the case.
I was reading a post on the Association website that answered a question for me. I was talking to my son on the phone, who told me of a problem he was having. After our conversation, I felt as though I had been hit by a ton of bricks. I asked myself what it was. My answer came when I was reading a post you mentioned about a man who fell down the steps and landed at a student’s feet who had just come from studying at the Association office. The student mentioned that there was no sense of fear.
That’s when the light came on—what I was feeling was a sense of fear. That’s what I have been getting rid of. The last time I talked to my son, he was getting better.
After one Association, I started praying in earnest about the practice. In order to have more time to help people metaphysically and also in any way I could, I resigned from a very senior position within a global company, where I had worked for many years. I explained the reason for my decision and agreed to an 18-month handover to ensure that everything was done as graciously and harmoniously as possible. I felt that my motive was good and that they would want to do the right and principled thing.
At the end of the 18-month period, their behavior was rather shocking. Whilst they were generous in some ways, they withheld a significant number of things, like shares and stock options, which I had been sure would be granted. I ended up feeling penalized and unsettled and unappreciated.
This year I have been doing the mandatory national youth service in my country. After being abroad for the past eight years, there has been a period of adjustment, and I have been grateful for what I am learning in Christian Science. The Youth Service is a good and noble concept that is designed primarily to promote unity among the diverse cultures and religions in my country. The process, however, has been quite a challenge for me.