For a year, my eight-year-old son had not been able to walk because of cracked and bleeding feet. I had tried taking him to the hospital, and I’d also tried alternative healing methods, but nothing changed.
Then an uncle whom I hadn’t seen in a long time passed by my home. I was curious to know why he was visiting. He mentioned that he had learned how real God’s love is and told me about some experiences of healing through prayer. I did not hesitate to ask him to pray for my son.
My uncle assured me my son would be healed through scientific Christianity – Christian Science – which teaches that we are already spiritually perfect as God’s image and likeness. He told me that God is our divine Life. My uncle also shared with me some scriptural verses that affirmed God as the only power and as all-good, and that this must mean His creation is “very good” as it says in the first chapter of Genesis (1:31).
He told me that it was my son’s God-given right to be perfect, and that the illness was not part of my son’s real identity because it did not come from God. He mentioned that I should start seeing my son as perfect because that was the truth of his being. I was amazed at the way he explained the Scriptures. And his explanation that the most powerful prayer is silent and takes place in thought alone, without involving anything physical, was a revelation to me.
Up to this point, like many people from our country, I believed that prayer worked together with something physical. Many modern-day “prophets” in my country teach this. Whenever one visits these prophets, it is the custom that the prophet gives anointed stones, water, or something else physical; it is believed that these things have healing power. I loved the higher sense of what it means to pray that my uncle shared, and I was filled with so much faith in God.
After my uncle left, I no longer felt any fear about my son’s illness, and a few days later my son started walking. I could hardly believe what was happening. As I was washing his feet one day, I realized he was completely healed; there was no sign of any sore. Everyone in my community knew what my son had been dealing with, and nobody ever imagined that he would walk again. The healing startled everyone. After I tried everything and failed, I never thought my son’s healing would be possible. And even if it was possible, I never would have thought it could take place so quickly.
This experience brought me a new sense of life. I now live a life free of fear, knowing that God, good, is the only reality.
Adapted from a testimony in the Nov. 13, 2017, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.