It was a Wednesday night and I had just attended the Wednesday testimony meeting at my church. The readings had been about how we are safe in God’s care.
After church, I headed to Berkeley to go folk dancing. My two dogs were with me. They like to come with me and run around a bit before I go to my dance class, — then we go for a walk after dancing.
But as we got out of the car, I realized that I had forgotten to put Charlie’s collar back on him, so I couldn’t hook him up to the leash. So as we walked down the street, I was thinking about how he was safe in God’s care.
Recently he had started wanting to chase bicycles (which I thought he had gotten over). Just as I was thinking about his safety as an idea God, he slipped into a front yard behind a concrete wall, went out the other side, spotted a bicyclist, and darted between two parked cars into the street to chase the bicycle on the far side of the street. It all happened very fast. What neither of us saw was the car coming from behind us on the near side of the street.
I only had time to yell, “No.” I heard him yelp, and I immediately declared, “It never happened.” My thought went straight to the idea that he is safe in God’s care — that there never is a moment when he is outside of God’s control. As I was praying, I went into the street not sure what I would find. I was grateful when I didn’t find him lying in the street. In fact, I didn’t know where he was at first. Then I spotted standing on the sidewalk a couple of houses down the street.
I continued to pray as I went to him and checked to see if he was okay. There was black tire dirt around his eye, and though I didn’t see it in the dark, I later noticed it on his front leg as well. But he was calm and did not seem to be hurt.
I quietly spoke to him of his spiritual identity as an idea of God while I brushed the dirt away. I wondered if I should just put the dogs back in the car and go home and pray, or whether I should not allow the belief of accident to interfere with my normal activity.
I decided to go ahead with my dancing, but to check on him if it came to me to do so. During the first dance, I heard a dog howling and I immediately went to check on Charlie. I discovered it was another dog, and that my dogs were just quietly waiting in the car.
So I went back in and danced. About an hour later, I checked on the dogs again and found that Charlie was limping – he didn’t put any weight on his front foot. So we piled in the car and headed home and just stayed with the spiritual facts.
I knew that as a spiritual idea, he is indestructible. I thought of Mary Baker Eddy’s sentences from page 514 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that state, “All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible. A knowlege of this fact was a source of strength to the ancient worthies… It supports Christian healing…”
As I drove home, the thought crept in that maybe I should take him to be checked to see that no bones were broken, etc. But I knew that that was not the right answer for me. I knew that I could trust and know that as a spiritual idea he could not be broken. I remembered these sentences from page 262 of The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany from Mrs. Eddy’s article titled, What Christmas Means to Me. “God creates man perfect and eternal in His own image. Hence man is the image, idea, or likeness of perfection —an ideal which cannot fall from its inherent unity with divine Love, from its spotless purity and original perfection.” I knew that this truth applied to all of God’s ideas – including doogas.
When we got home, I knew his leg wasn’t broken, as he forgot himself for a minute and ran across the backyard to chase a squirrel up a tree.
As I continued to pray, it came to me to challenge every suggestion of error and replace it with the truth. So I worked to know that no accident had ever occurred, that he was unbroken, that I was innocent, that I couldn’t do anything that could cause him harm (by forgetting his collar). I acknowledged that God was the only power, the only Cause. I knew that there could be no inflammation or swelling for an idea of Soul. I worked to be free of any fear, knowing that I could trust God’s care. I repeatedly came back to the idea that there never was a moment when he was outside of God’s care.
I prayed continually until I went to sleep.
I’m so grateful to report that in the morning there was no evidence that he had ever been hurt. He ran happily around the back yard, wagging his tail, free and whole. It wasn’t until later in the day that I noticed the dirty tire mark on the back of his leg. That mark just washed away with a little soap and water.
He has been completely free every since. And I am so grateful that the Wednesday meeting prepared me to handle the situation before it even entered thought. God’s law of good, being ever-present and all-powerful, was right there, governing my thought and protecting him from harm.
And the acknowledging of God’s perfect law of good brought his safety and protection to light.
Wow! Christian Science is wonderful! I’m so grateful.
rg, Oakland, CA
I’m grateful to share a testimony that occurred a few years ago. At some point symptoms occurred that seemed to affect my nervous system. I was aware of slight tremors in my head, and prayed to recognize that no claim could attach itself to God’s child. Over a few months I prayed every day and whenever the evidence needed batting down. Occasionally, it occurred during church, and I vehemently rejected this intrusion on my peace and focus.
The citation on page 228 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy was especially helpful and strong:
“There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God. The humble Nazarene overthrew the supposition that sin, sickness, and death have power. He proved them powerless.”
I learned to be adamant in claiming divine authority over this, as Jesus did. The symptoms subsided till I was completely free. I’m most grateful for this healing.
Two or three times when symptoms recurred, I insisted that this was a permanent healing! And it has been for at least four years. Hallelujah!
by LK, Alameda, CA
I didn’t know how I would really deal with “loss” when I found out that my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. When I initially found out about her condition, I felt at a loss just hearing the news. I immediately began to focus on her beautiful spirit and the countless memories I had from a child through the present moment. It was like flipping through a Kodak camera page by page. It brought me joy and comfort instead of grief. I had no idea of the severity but I increased our talk time so I could spend time making her smile and remember moments together. She always made me smile and I was encouraged to do the same for my grandmother. During this time, her memory was fading so it was a challenge when we talked but she still carried on with much conversation whenever we talked. In a few short months she passed away. Christian Science helped me to see that her spirit has a light that lives on ever so bright. My grandmother through the years shared so much wisdom and life lessons that I hold in my heart. She’s always with me. Nothing was lost; everything was gained by knowing the Truth about God’s love and life that lives on through us forever.
(by K. S., Fremont, CA)
After being up very late working, I awoke with a croaky voice and the first symptoms of a cold. I immediately declared out loud (despite the croak), “No, no, no, no, no, no, no. You cannot enter my thought. The door is shut to error. My thought is filled with good.” I thought of Mrs. Eddy’s statement about standing porter at the door of thought:
“Reverse the case. Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter, and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 392:24-30)
I then thought of Mrs. Eddy’s directive to keep our thought filled with Truth, Life and Love:
“Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 210:2)
I thought of the idea that, there is no door for evil to enter, and no space for evil to occupy “…in a mind filled with goodness.”
Then I took my dogs outside, fed them and my kitties, and began my daily Christian Science treatment for myself (praying to acknowledge the allness of God, good and the nothingness of evil). That led me to research the word “Science” in Mary Baker Eddy’s writings. I then researched the word, “light”. As I thought about God as the Creator, Source, as Spirit, “…all that is good…” (see the definition of “Spirit”, S&H 594:19), I realized that there were no more symptoms of croakiness or cold. I was healed.
Praise God for His goodness! “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Ps. 107:8)
(by R.G, Oakland, CA)
For many years after the death of my husband, I would often get angry at my husband for leaving me so early with two teenagers to raise. I would often ask “Why did you leave me with such a load?” or “I don’t know how to raise a son, having been an only child myself.” One day while listening to a Christian Science Sentinel Radio Broadcast, the speaker talked about having a similar experience with anger after the passing of her spouse. The person explained that she could not be angry with her spouse who had passed because he was the child of God and there was no way she could be angry at God. Immediately it became very clear to me that I could not be angry at God either, and therefore I could not be angry with my husband. I knew that my husband was a child of God and made in the image and likeness of God as I had learned in the Bible in Genesis chapter 1. With this, the anger completely left and has never returned.
I have shared this testimony at a Wednesday testimony meeting and a church member told me that my testimony healed her of a situation with her spouse. Another church member also said that my comments were helpful to her as she was dealing with the passing of a family member. I am so grateful for Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy and for Christ Jesus the Way-shower.
(by F. F., Oakland, CA)
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