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Injured hand healed through prayer

I Had Just Turned from an alleyway between two shops when bam! a boy on a bicycle who was racing another boy (on the sidewalk, no less) crashed into me. This not only knocked me to the ground, but also injured one of my hands in the process. It felt like a bone was broken. People gathered around to help, and though I felt shaken, I assured them I'd be all right. Before too long, I was able to get to the parking lot, then drive myself home.

The pain was intense. But I knew from years of being helped by the teachings of Christian Science that God is always present to heal us. I felt confident relying totally on this spiritual power rather than seeking medical treatment. Although the first night was rough, I prayed fervently to realize my selfhood as God's spiritual image and likeness. I reminded myself that man as made by God—my true and only identity—was spiritual, not material, and not subject to physical suffering. I was able to use my hand a little by the next evening. Regaining complete strength and normality took longer, however. So, I kept knowing what was true about me as God's perfect idea. I continued praying for several more weeks.

August 23, 1999

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