Politically, it was a turbulent year and I most needed to be mentally quiet, stilling the “noise” in the atmosphere. So at year’s end I was taking stock of the year 2016, reflecting on progress made, healings witnessed, and works in progress. So here are some of them.
One of the healings was at a wedding celebration when I tripped over uneven paving and hit the ground heavily, on my side. I was helped up, and assured people around me that I was fine. But as the day wore on I was quite sore and there was bruising. While I was grateful for the help I had received, and not wanting to upset the evening plan, I knew I needed some quiet time praying. I first worked to mentally put aside reliving the embarrassing moment, then I prayed to know that I never had fallen out of God’s care and embrace. Over the next few days the “scientific statement of being” from Science and Health, by Mrs. Eddy, was my constant companion, and the soreness and discomfort faded away.
As I continued my reflection on the year past, it suddenly dawned on me that I had been free of headaches for many months. I closed my eyes to take in that “revelation,” and almost didn’t want to go there, in case another headache reared its head! This affliction, severe at times, had gone on since my teenage days for many, many years, often knocking me out for a few days. After I came into Science, I would pray for myself, at other times I would call a Christian Science practitioner. Each time I would get relief. I recall one time my son at age nine sitting on a chair by my bedside, with homework yet to be done and long after his bedtime, reading from the Christian Science Hymnal. The next morning I woke up healed.
There were some days when I was taking care of a loved family member, and a headache would come on with all the dreaded symptoms, and there was no one around to take over the care. So on rare occasions I took painkillers just to be able to do what I needed to. I admit there was momentary relief. But I did not want to continue that route, and I knew that wasn’t going to be the way to permanent healing.
This healing was a longtime coming. I don’t know when the healing happened, it came quietly with no accompanying drumbeats! I am so, so grateful to have been a witness to this healing in Christian Science.
More recently, I got two opportunities to share from my experiences how Christian Science helps in dealing with passing of loved ones. One was with a young woman from Iran whose mother had passed on, and she was fearful of going back home in case she wouldn’t be allowed to return to her husband and job here. The other was a young man who had come to my home to do some work on the heating system. His father had passed on recently, and he was quite dejected. In the woman’s case I was led to tell her that her thoughts and prayers for her father and family members back home reach over continents and oceans and that the good qualities her mother lived and shared, were ever with her. (see SH 559:8-10) She thanked me with tears in her eyes and asked me to pray for her. For the young man I said something similar and appropriate. He thanked me and said that this was the first time since the passing that someone had said words that were meaningful. That moved me, and I was once again grateful for Christian Science.