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In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by...

In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, we read in the chapter "Prayer" (p. 16): "The highest prayer is not one of faith merely; it is demonstration."

One lovely summer day I rode my bicycle to the house of some relatives, where I was to stay for a few days. I was wearing nylon stockings, and the edge of one shoe rubbed against my skin, causing a small wound below the ankle. Two days later the entire foot was inflamed and looked quite alarming. It was so painful that I could barely stand or walk. My cousin was very concerned about me, and she brought me water and cloths for compresses, which I declined with thanks. I was sure I could trust God for healing of this condition. I knew that inflammation has no reality or power, since man, as God's image and likeness, can express only perfection. Man's life is spiritual, not material; therefore I felt confident I could rely on spiritual means alone for healing.

That evening my sister called, asking me to come home. Instead of telling her about my foot and putting the possibility of my coming home in question, I replied, "Yes, I will be coming tomorrow." The following day I was free—the pain and swelling had disappeared, and I was able to put weight on my foot again. The healing was complete and no scar remained. I bicycled home as I had promised.

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June 16, 1986

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