Healing prayer narratives: Are there spiritual solutions to stammering?

On Wednesday evenings, Christian Science churches around the world host meetings which include spontaneously shared “experiences, testimonies, and remarks on Christian Science” for anyone curious to hear these accounts.

Such experiences and testimonies of the practicality of the power of God’s love can range from the modest to the marvellous.

This blog’s weekly Wednesday focus is on what I have been calling “healing prayer narratives”, and this week I want to share a blog from a fellow Committee on Publication in response to the (deservedly!) popular movie, The King’s Speech.  My colleague in North Carolina, Cynthia Barnett shares a memory of how her grandmother played her own “Lionel Logue” role in the lives of others, under the title:

The King’s Speech: Spiritual Solutions to Stammering

Photo from “The King’s Speech” depicting Colin Firth as the title character.

By now you’ve seen the movie, or at least heard it talked about. As well, you may have read that Lionel Logue, beloved speech tutor for England’s King George VI, was a Christian Scientist. This unusual Australian’s methods were highly unorthodox, chiefly because he dealt not [so much] with the mechanics of the body, but [mostly] with the fears and feelings of unworthiness of his patients. In truth, his compassionate, patient and often playful approach to the King (or Bertie, as he insisted on calling him) was the key to the ultimate victory over a near life time of painful stuttering. Lionel saw the inherent worth and greatness in Bertie, and Bertie finally saw it himself.

My own grandmother, an actress who taught “elocution,” was familiar with this more spiritual approach to healing. A student of Christian Science, she apparently applied her understanding of this Christly view of her patients, seeing them not as vulnerable, faulty or afflicted, but as Jesus Christ himself saw those before him—as God’s own precious children, made in His image. My grandmother was thanked in heartfelt praise especially for one little boy’s overcoming his speech defect. As I remember, she gave God the glory, because she had prayed earnestly for the child, persisting in seeing his divine right to freedom.

Do you find yourself at a loss for words, awkward, even stammering? Remember God’s rousing question to Moses, arguably the first Biblical stammerer: “Who hath made man’s mouth?” And “Certainly I will be with thee.”  Certainly.

Thanks, Cynthia!

Next week on this blog we will be taking a deeper dive into this question of the potential for healing a stammer (as opposed to managing it), under the title of “Lionel Logue and the healing question”, to add to our blogs already published: Lionel Logue and the Christian Science question, and Lionel Logue and the hypnotism question.

To read more Christian Science healing narratives, click here.

Or to hear a global internet version of those local “testimony” meetings featuring spontaneously shared “experiences, testimonies, and remarks on Christian Science” listen live at 7pm (UK time) – or for 24 hours afterwards – to The Wednesday Online Testimony Meeting Broadcast of The Mother Church in Boston, Massachusetts.


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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and edit articles on spirituality from the perspective of the practice of Christian Science as an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the teachings of Christian Science transformed my life and re-shaped my career.


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