On an icy winter afternoon a number of years ago I took our...

On an icy winter afternoon a number of years ago I took our dog for a walk around the yard. When my brother arrived home from school, the dog jumped forward to meet him, catching me off guard. I slipped on the ice, fell, and felt a sharp pain in my shoulder. I went inside and started praying, with help from my mother. She told me of God's love for me, and this quickly eliminated my fear. As we sat, quietly praying to understand the real man's oneness with God as His idea, my mother and I both heard a loud snap in the shoulder. There was no further pain.

The school I attended required that I have the arm X-rayed before I could return to classes. This was done, and I was told by the doctor that the shoulder was broken but that it had been set perfectly. I knew that the shoulder had been set as a direct result of our prayer. God's love had completely rid my thought of fear, and I knew the complete healing would follow.

The doctor outlined a twelve-week program of treatment and therapy that he said would be necessary before the arm would be fully usable. Nevertheless, I felt sure from my understanding of Christian Science that full healing did not need to be delayed. Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy states (p. 584), "The objects of time and sense disappear in the illumination of spiritual understanding, and Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded." I realized that there was not a mortal time schedule that governed my recovery. We tend to think of time as a structure in which material activities occur; but actually, the unfoldment of good—God's love—is the only framework in which we can exist. This is a supporting, caring, dependable structure—a solid basis from which to proceed with decisions and actions.

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May 16, 1988

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