This week honoring religious freedom in the USA moved writer Tim Mitchinson to reflect on his gratitude for this wonderful guaranteed right. He tells of his own faith, Christian Science, and how he feels privileged to be able to practice it. Mitchinson says:
Speaking from my own experience, I have chosen Christian Science treatment because it has answered my questions about God and helped me feel closer to Him, and also because I have found it works! For example, one afternoon I was working in my home office when the kids came in from school. They were hungry. As I was preparing snacks, an acute pain went right through my head. I lost control of the left side of my body and was glad I was next to a chair, as I collapsed into it. My phone was in my hand. I called my wife and asked her to call a Christian Science practitioner – a professional Christian Scientist who prays for anyone willing to turn to God for healing.
I managed to get back into my home office near the kitchen, and the kids went off to play. I told my wife she need not come home, feeling sure that if I just had some quiet time with God, I would be fine. As I sat in my chair, I began to pray for myself by remembering some great advice about prayer from Mary Baker Eddy in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Referencing Psalm 46, she writes, “Step by step will those who trust Him find that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’” I spent this quiet time turning to God, acknowledging His ever-presence and omnipotence, and striving to learn more of His healing power.
I could feel God, the embrace of divine Love, answering my prayers and the prayers of the practitioner. In a short while, I felt well. Not just better, but well. By the time my wife came home from work, I was up and making dinner. I was healed. It is proof like this of the value of religion that makes me even more appreciative of the freedom of religion this country upholds.
If you’d like to learn more of religious freedom–and what others like Ann Romney and Rep. Mike Quigley say about it– Read More here.