About two years ago my husband and I were visiting a niece...

About two years ago my husband and I were visiting a niece in another city. One evening while our niece was preparing dinner, I decided to run downstairs to help with the laundry. On the way down the steep flight, I missed the last four steps. While falling, I struck my head against the corner of a chest; then I landed on my back on the concrete floor.

I was grateful nobody heard this take place so that I could quietly pray right away. I lay still, acknowledging my perfection as in truth the unfallen, spiritual image of God—always under His care, safe and protected. In a few minutes I was able to get up. I took care of the laundry and joined the family for dinner. No one noticed the lump on my temple, and we enjoyed a normal, happy evening together.

When I got into bed that night, however, it became painfully clear that I still had deeper praying to do. I couldn't get comfortable in any position. I spent several hours in consecrated prayer, using this statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy as the basis of my prayer: "Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man." The pain subsided and peaceful sleep came. While there was some stiffness in the morning, I was fully able to enjoy a lovely day of sightseeing, and within two days all of the lingering discomfort faded away and I was fully healed.

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December 24, 1990

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