A Member’s Testimony From The Christian Science Sentinel

While holidaying in Majorca some years ago, a friend and I took a pedalo (pedal boat) ride. When we had cleared the cove and were farther out to sea, I decided to jump over the side to have a swim. I felt quite apprehensive about this, but with a false sense of bravado, over the side I went. I swam around a bit, not feeling entirely comfortable, and then clambered back into the boat. As I hauled myself aboard, something gave my thigh a hefty thump and I felt some pain. As I sat in the boat, a relatively large arrow-shaped mark appeared on my thigh and exploded into hundreds of blisters. I concluded that I had been stung by something. I felt fearful looking at this spectacle, and the fear on my friend’s face was alarming.

At the time I had been studying Christian Science for just a few years, and I still felt like a relatively new student. But I had experienced several healings, a much-improved career, and a happier life since beginning this study. So I started praying immediately with “the scientific statement of being” from Science and Health, agreeing that, as it says: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all” (p. 468). I quickly decided not to look at the area on my thigh again but to return to my hotel room to pray. I did not want to call into one of the many first-aid huts dotted around the coves, because I felt more secure relying on God.

Returning to the hotel room, I picked up my copy of Science and Health and opened it randomly, asking God for guidance. The page opened to my favourite passage on page 393: “Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s government. Have no fear that matter can ache, swell, and be inflamed as the result of a law of any kind, when it is self-evident that matter can have no pain nor inflammation. Your body would suffer no more from tension or wounds than the trunk of a tree which you gash or the electric wire which you stretch, were it not for mortal mind.” Because the book had opened to my favourite passage, I felt a rush of warm reassurance. I literally felt that God had put His hand on my shoulder and had said, “Don’t worry, I’m here.”

I had read that passage in the past and had understood it spiritually, by which I mean I had felt the spiritual meaning behind the words. I did not have to try to make the meaning true. Reading it again, I felt the truth that obviously matter could not act on its own. Just as a plank of wood, for instance, cannot swell or be inflamed, so no other piece of matter (e. g. my body) could swell or be inflamed on its own, either.

It was late afternoon by this time, and almost immediately after this feeling of reassurance, I went to supper in the hotel. I wore long shorts to cover my legs. I continued to know that I was spiritual and not material, and I did not feel any discomfort.

In the morning I wanted to be on the beach again. However, despite my prayer I half expected to still see that frightening sight. I put on my swimsuit and then for the first time since the incident decided to look at the area. There was nothing, not a mark. I was in awe! Looking back, I suspect this healing took place immediately when I had felt that warm sense of reassurance when I first prayed.

Paula Williams
Canterbury, England