Reaching out to God for cures
The first time Glenda Buda experienced healing through prayers was when she was 8 years old.
She had suffered internal injuries in a diving accident and her mother, who believed in Christian Science, prayed for her. She was cured within hours, Buda said.
Decades later, Buda’s 2-year-old son apparently drowned in their swimming pool, Buda said. She prayed for him, and the boy revived, Buda said.
Buda has been a lifelong practitioner of Christian Science, “a universal, practical system of spiritual, prayer-based Christian healing,” as the church puts it.
Since 1900, about 66,000 accounts of healing have been published in Christian Science periodicals, from both church members and non-members, according to Eric Nelson of the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Northern California.
Mary Baker Eddy founded the Church of Christ, Scientist in 1879 “to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.”
“Some people turn to God as a last resort,” Buda said. But believers in the tenets of Christian Science “turn to Him as our first, middle and last resort.”
Christian Science is “not just faith healing,” said Jan True Jacoby, a local Christian Science believer. “It’s based on an understanding of God’s law. It’s an understanding of God and our relationship with him as His beloved children.
“We can pray to God with the understanding that God wants just good for us, which includes health, well-being and happiness. Based on that, anything can be healed, whether it’s health problems, relationship problems and economic problems,” Jacoby said.
Jacoby, like Buda, is a Christian Science practitioner – someone who prays for individuals or “patients.” Jacoby’s patients usually contact her over the telephone or by e-mail and pay her a $20 fee for her prayers, Jacoby said.
Some insurance companies cover the costs of a Christian Science practitioner, Jacoby added.
In addition to Christian Science practitioners, there are Christian Science facilities for “those who have prolonged illnesses,” Jacoby said. “They need someone to feed them and bathe them. Christian Science nurses help them with these things, while a practitioner prays for them.”
The nearest Christian Science nursing facility is the Olive Glen Foundation in Sacramento, Jacoby said.
“Some of the fairly quick physical healings I’ve witnessed at a Christian Science facility (include) a broken elbow, poison oak, skin rash, colds, flu, digestive problems and chronic back pain,” Jacoby said.
Buda has healed a fractured ankle, a growth on a patient’s body and cured sick animals, Buda said.
“The greatest benefit from healing is not just the physical healing, but the love you feel for God and the spiritual growth that goes along with it,” Jacoby said. “There aren’t any bad side effects, only good ones.”
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