As Christian Scientists we are often asked the question "What...

As Christian Scientists we are often asked the question "What would you do if ...?" And the question usually is finished with "you broke your arm or leg?" About three years ago I had to answer that question. I had gone to play tennis, and as I went back for an overhead shot, I turned my ankle. There was a loud snap as I fell down. The ankle appeared to be broken, and I could not walk on it.

Two of my friends helped me to my car and drove me home. Neither of these men were Christian Scientists, and one of them asked me what I was going to do about the ankle. I replied that I was going to call a Christian Science practitioner and rely on Christian Science for healing. "But what if it's broken?" the other friend asked. I said, "I still am going to call a practitioner."

They took me home, and I did phone a practitioner. She immediately calmed my anxiety and gave me some citations to read from the Bible and from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. I worked especially with a passage on page 475 of the textbook, which states: "Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God." Within two weeks I was completely free. The ankle was fully healed, and I was back playing tennis with the same friends.

November 28, 1983

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