Some years ago, I dropped a large and very heavy dictionary on my right foot, and appeared to have broken a bone. The incident occurred a couple of days prior to my taking an annual physical exam required by my workplace. The doctor confirmed the break, but because the bone was so small, he said there was nothing he could do about it. I thanked him and left his office with the idea that the situation could be healed through prayer in Christian Science.

At the time, however, although I loved Christian Science, I wasn't committed to regular spiritual study and prayer, and consequently I made no progress in the healing. Instead of buckling down to address the injury prayerfully, I just sort of blew it off, and decided that it was not a big deal and would heal on its own. This complacency went on for more than eight years, even though it was painful to walk on that foot and I couldn't move my toes normally.

One day I became overwhelmed with the fear that I was doomed for life with this problem. That was a turning point. I picked up Science and Health and found this passage: "Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down. There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life" (p. 462). At first, fulfilling these demands seemed daunting, but I knew that to continue on the track I'd been on would yield the same fruitless results.

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Testimony of Healing
August 24, 2009

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