My roommate and I were working on a ceiling fixture in an upstairs...

My roommate and I were working on a ceiling fixture in an upstairs room, and this required many trips into the attic. During one of these trips, I slipped as I was going down the ladderlike stairs from the attic. I fell forward, hitting my head very forcefully on the ceiling joist. My head began to bleed profusely, but I never lost consciousness and was able to get to the bottom of the stairs.

At the time, my friend was elsewhere in the house, so I began giving myself Christian Science treatment, specifically affirming that I could never be cut off from Life, God, that nothing could interrupt this Life, and that Life is not dependent on material things (such as blood). At the time, I felt almost as though there were two of me: one, the metaphysician giving treatment; the other, the "creature" that St. Paul talks of: "The creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God" (Rom. 8:21). The "creature," or human part of me, earnestly wanted the bleeding to stop, while the metaphysician was strong, confident, and filled with spiritual authority.

When my friend became aware that there was a problem, I asked her to call a Christian Science practitioner, as the bleeding had not stopped. When she was unable to find one after several calls (it was a holiday weekend in the United States), she tried to reach a Christian Science nurse, also without success.

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Testimony of Healing
When I was in college, I had many opportunities to rely on...
December 23, 1996

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