Christian healing

Healing happens! I wanted a place to share the sweet stories of God's grace and power that people send to me. Lift up your heart with joy to the Lord! Rejoice, be glad, and praise God's wonderful works to the children of men.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Newborn child healed

Some of the wisest words ever spoken were Jesus’ words in Mark 10:15, "Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." Innocence, trust, love and expectancy are inherent in each of us. These qualities make for effective prayer whether we’re 2 or 92. As a child, I learned that "there is no spot where God is not," and "the five G’s: God, good, guards, guides, governs." These spiritual laws helped me feel God’s presence instead of fear. Later, I gained insight into God and Scripture from "Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures," written by Mary Baker Eddy. In the book, Mrs. Eddy defined "spiritual sense" as "the conscious, constant capacity to understand God." I learned that if I prayed with spiritual sense (rather than merely informing God of what needed healing), and with what she described as "an absolute faith that all things were possible to God," I could see wonderful results from prayer —diseases were healed and relationship challenges resolved. Healing resulted from my understanding God and living those godlike qualities — rather than believing I was a sinning or sick mortal. My parents found prayer healed my newborn sister when the hospital staff said she wasn’t expected to live. Their approach, and that of the Christian Science practitioner who supported their prayers, was based on the perfection and love of God. Their prayers helped them realize if something wasn’t good, it couldn’t have come from God, but was a temptation to believe in a second creator or power. The fact is, just like the warm sun, whose rays reflect light everywhere, God’s creation reflects, or expresses him. This spiritual basis and understanding of God resulted in my baby sister’s complete healing within four days. Challenges seem overwhelming? Consider childlike prayer. It’s transforming. Mrs. Eddy said it this way in "Miscellaneous Writings": "It begins with moments, and goes on with years; moments of surrender to God, of childlike trust and joyful adoption of good; moments of selfabnegation, self-consecration, heaven-born hope, and spiritual love."

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

For those on the front lines

This precious poem was sent to me on Groundhog Day from my special friends Sue and Jeffrey.

The Pilgrim
by Robert Ellis Key

He who tempers the wind
To the shorn sheep
Will guard you,
And guide you,
And lead your brave feet
Over the rough ways of the world,
Over crag, over stone,
Up through the clouds,
Through the mist
And the winds and the cold
On to the glorified height,
To the foot of His throne.
And thus you may know
That He sees you
And needs you
And loves you
And calls you His own.

Beyond Survival

Several years ago, when I was living in the USA, I remember reading in the paper and seeing news coverage on TV about a parade that the cancer survivors group was having in towns across the USA. At the time I had already finished having sucessful Christian Science treatment (complete healing) through a Christian Science Practitioner for a malignant cancerous growth on my face. What I remember clearly that day, was that I had a brief initial impulse to identify with the survivors. I even wondered if I should join the parade. However, it was momentary, and the thought soon came to me that the error (of believing that I had cancer) was so thouroughly effaced or removed that it was as if it had never been. So, in the end, I knew without a doubt that I was so untouched by this error that I could not even consider myself a "survivor." It puts me in mind of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo (sp?) on whom even the smell of smoke could not be detected when they emerged from the firey furnace. That cure has never seemed miraculous, but always normal and "divinely natural," as a previous testifier has pointed out.


Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Christian Science Monitor's Peter Ford visits high school

When Gary, the children and I moved to Paris, we had to give up our wonderful subscription to The Christian Science Monitor because we can only receive a weekly international edition over here by mail! I was going in to Paris (one hour each way on the METRO) to the Reading Room to buy an occcasional copy or two. It was time consuming and the cost is high too because the newspaper is imported from the USA and right now the euro/dollar exchange is horrid. So, when I heard about the online version it was a real blessing for us. We now have the paper five days a week just like you all do!!!

I love the MONITOR and read it from cover to cover when I have time. One day recently, I read an article by Peter Ford about how natural disasters affect geopolitics. I was delighted, because he mentioned the Enlightment in the article and I knew that the 9th grade at American School in Paris has been studying the evolution of the Age of Enlightment, Reason, Industrial Revolution, etc. So, I sent Donald a copy via email, and printed one for him to take to his teacher. In the meantime I noticed that the author listed Paris as the origin of the article!

I was wondering if it could it be possible that Peter Ford lives in Paris,and one thought led to another and I ended up writing to the "From Our Readers" section asking if Mr. Ford would like to visit my son's class. I considered it a longshot, but still within the realm of possibility. Surprisingly, he responded and said he would be delighted to visit the class. I forwarded the reply and Donald's teacher made the arrangements for the visit. What is really great is that Donald's teacher told me that he is especially happy to have Peter visit, because he had been recommending the MONITOR as a source of very unbiased reporting to the students!!! I have been invited (to Donald's chagrin) to come and hear Peter Ford speak to the class at the school in February. I will be very quiet and try not to embarrass Donald!

Just thought you would enjoy hearing of the wonderful reputation the paper has and of the willingness of the staff to share with the community here!

I just want to add that it is wonderful to be able to click on an article and email it to someone, which is something one cannot do with the regular edition. I have always been inclined to share MONITOR articles with others, but I have noticed a big increase in the quantity of things I am sharing with others now!!! I send, to Gary (who is working in Spain,) a lot of things , especially the daily religious/spiritual article. In one month I probably share ten to twenty articles with others!