About five years ago, in early July, I was suddenly stricken with...

About five years ago, in early July, I was suddenly stricken with excruciating pain in my legs. For one week I was bedridden. I called a Christian Science practitioner for help, and she expressed much love. As a result of prayer, I was able to be on my feet in a week. However, full healing did not take place rapidly. I was getting around by myself but was limping noticeably. As hard as I tried, I could not get one foot to land correctly while I was walking, and it would slap abnormally on the ground.

The turning point came one day in September, when I was limping along in one of the shopping centers. Some time earlier the suggestion had come to me that the problem I'd had with my legs was going to leave me a cripple. Around that time I had read Mrs. Eddy's article entitled "Reminiscences" in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany. In speaking of her gradual emergence from dogma and creeds Mrs. Eddy states (p. 307): "The fallacy of materia medica, its lack of science, and the want of divinity in scholastic theology, had already dawned on me. My idealism, however, limped, for then it lacked Science."

Now, as I recalled that passage, I found myself reasoning, "Why! I can't limp, I've got Science!" My instant acceptance of this powerful spiritual fact destroyed the illusion that I could be crippled. Right then and there my consciousness was flooded with gratitude for Christian Science and what it had taught me of my true nature as God's perfect child. I walked normally from that time on. I wasn't even unduly impressed at the moment of healing, because it happened so naturally.

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September 27, 1982

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