Injury quickly overcome

Late one spring night about two years ago, I remembered that I had left a comforter to dry outside, and that rain was forecast before morning. As I stepped out on the deck to get it, I found myself falling. Even as I fell, I mentally said, "No! Man cannot fall from perfection." There seemed to be nothing major wrong, but when I stood, one leg hurt a lot, and the other one was also somewhat painful. I went inside and, as it was bedtime, I got in bed. As I usually do before retiring, I read a few pages from Science and Health. Then I put out the light and prayed, as the pain was preventing me from sleeping at that point. I began with this statement from Science and Health: "There is no pain in Truth, and no truth in pain; no nerve in Mind, and no mind in nerve ..." (p. 113). And I affirmed that this was true without exception. I also prayed with "the scientific statement of being" (ibid., p. 468). I held firmly to these truths until I was free from pain. It was about 10:30 p.m. when I started praying. I heard the clock strike eleven, but nothing later, as I was peacefully sleeping. I woke some time later, stretched my legs, and joyfully found there was no pain at all.

When I rose the next morning, there was no pain in walking. What cause for gratitude! There seemed to be minor discomfort in one leg after a while, and that was also quickly eliminated. As my husband and I were to leave on a long car trip within a week, I was especially happy to have the trip unencumbered by any pain.

I am indeed grateful for this proof of the healing power of God and His Christ, as found provable in Christian Science.

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Can prayer harm?
June 8, 1998

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