In the more than 40 years that I've been a student of Christian Science, I've had many healings through applying its teachings. I'm especially grateful for a recent experience that proved to me again how reliance on spiritually scientific facts brings prompt and lasting healing results.

One afternoon, I was at my church's Christian Science Reading Room, cleaning windows in the stairwell. I slipped off the ladder and fell to the bottom of the stairs, injuring my back and right side. I remember immediately affirming out loud the fact of my perfection as God's image (see Gen. 1:26). Because Spirit is one of the names the Bible gives for God, this declaration helped me see that my makeup wasn't a collection of material elements—muscles, bones, and other physical features subject to injury—but that I was wholly spiritual, made and maintained by God. It also helped me acknowledge that since my being was in God, there was no opportunity for an accident, since He is always in complete control of His creation. The harmony of His government could only be perpetual, since there is no opposing force within His allness.

December 4, 2006

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