I’m happy to share a recent demonstration—a quick healing of what appeared to be a threatening physical condition. One Saturday afternoon I was preparing to teach a Sunday School class, when I suddenly began experiencing internal pain behind my lower ribs on the right side of my torso. I continued the spiritual work I had been doing, but shifted my focus from Sunday School prep to treating this claim. Part of my work included the following: “There is no lapse from the God-established harmony of being. I don’t need to get rid of a material condition or return to a state of health. I have forever been and will forever be the radiantly whole reflection of Soul.”
In time I discovered it was too painful to stand straight, so getting around involved hunching over. After working for a time, I felt sleepy and tried to lie down on a futon, but this proved so uncomfortable that I found myself back at my desk, calling a practitioner for support. The practitioner spoke of the tangibility of God’s presence in consciousness — a spiritual tangibility that is more real than pain or fear.
My work centered on three sentences in Science and Health (pp. 470–471): “God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection, man, remains perfect. Man is the expression of God’s being… The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history.”
That evening I told the practitioner that I was wondering if I should let the Sunday School superintendent know that I might not be able to teach. The practitioner encouraged me to commit myself inwardly to serving. “It’s a large Truth,” he said. “It’s right to serve.” Without hesitation, I made that inward commitment.
When I went to bed that night, I had difficulty finding a comfortable position, but was able to do so and to rest. Halfway through the night I got up, and in the process found that I could stand up straight without restriction. The internal pain was gone.
I was grateful to be able to share my healing in Sunday School that morning and during a Wednesday testimony meeting soon thereafter.