First Church of Christ, Scientist, State College
(Christian Science)

The other day, I witnessed someone being extremely impatient with someone else. It reminded me of a time when I learned a valuable lesson in patient prayer.

My husband and I both had the day off and we decided to use the opportunity to have my car serviced. On the morning that this was to be done, I woke him and said I was leaving to go to the dealership. He said he was getting up and would come shortly.

After getting to the dealership, I waited for my husband to come. We didn't have cell phones but I called home on a land line and got no answer. I wondered if he had fallen asleep. My car would take most of the day and we had planned to have breakfast and do some shopping.

I decided I needed most of all to pray. The wonderful thing about prayer is that you can do it anywhere, any time. You don't need books to read. You don't need cell phone or extra land lines. In Matthew 6:6, Jesus says that we should enter into our closet and shut the door. Most translations refer to this as entering into a quiet room. We can do this anywhere.

I went outside the busy, noisy dealership and sat on the curb. If my husband called the dealership, I would be right there. I sang hymns to myself and prayed the Lord's Prayer. Right there, on the curb, was my quiet room.

After about an hour and a half, my husband arrived. I was so full of prayer that it was a joyful reunion. It turned out that there had been a serious accident on the highway on the way to the dealership and he wasn't able to get off the highway. He had had no way to call me. We went on to have a wonderful day together.

This has stood out to me as an example of being patient and trusting in the prayerful work I am doing. I am grateful that we are being taught every day the value of prayer through Christian Science.

C. N., Williamsport, PA
Fear of Cancer Healed
Mary Baker Eddy states that “Christian scientific practice begins with Christ’s keynote of harmony, ‘Be not afraid!’”  (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 410)  This statement was meaningful to me when I was medically diagnosed with melanoma, the most severe type of skin cancer.  The tumor was surgically removed and I went through a large battery of tests to see if the cancer had spread.  During this time, I asked a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me to help me not be fearful. Throughout the period of diagnosis, surgery, and testing, I had no fear even though each physician I saw was alarmed over the depth of the tumor.

Over the following five years, I saw an oncologist, a dermatologist, and a general practitioner for testing since there is no medical treatment for melanoma nor did I want such treatment even if available.  Again, I had no fear that the cancer would reappear.  At the end of 5 years, the oncologist said he didn’t need to see me any more since I was cancer free.

Several months ago my brother said he had a small yellow pimple-like blemish on his skin that was diagnosed as melanoma and had it surgically removed.  Shortly after that I noticed a similar blemish on one cheek.  I thought it was just a pimple and would go away in a week or so.  However, several weeks went by and it grew larger.  I became fearful and started to imagine the melanoma had come back.  I had an appointment scheduled in about a month with the dermatologist but I thought about calling her to get an immediate appointment.  Then it occurred to me that I should use the month to focus on praying as I have learned in Christian Science. I began to pray and almost immediately the fear left.   About a week later while reading in bed, I felt something on my cheek.  I reached up and picked up a small, round, hard object and went into the bathroom to look in the mirror.  The blemish was completely gone and I couldn’t tell where it had been.  My later appointment with the dermatologist went routinely. 

My prayer followed Mrs. Eddy’s admonition to “Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients.  Silently reassure them as to their exemption from disease and danger.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 411)  When I did this, the fear left and the healing began.

M.H., State College, Pennsylvania, United States

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