One night, a number of years ago, I reached down to pick up something I'd dropped in a dark room. With a shock I realized that I'd stuck my hand into an old wooden barrel that my husband used for storing architectural drawings. When I turned on the light, I saw a large wooden splinter jammed below the entire length of my thumbnail. I tried to remove the splinter, but it was deeply embedded and very painful to the touch. Feeling rather shocked by this accident, I called a Christian Science practitioner, explained to her what had happened, and asked for her prayerful help. I told her I knew that "truth removes properly whatever is offensive," which is part of a sentence from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. She was quiet for a moment and then asked if I knew the first part of that sentence. I actually did know the entire sentence. It reads, "A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive" (p. 463).

The practitioner explained that we would pray entirely from the standpoint that I was a perfect spiritual idea now. We were not praying to somehow remove a hunk of matter, the splinter, from another hunk of matter, my hand, but to realize my complete protection as a beloved child of God, always loved and cared for by my Father-Mother God. I could expect a proper resolution.

I immediately felt my fear lessen, put a bandage on my thumb, and even though I was not able to do simple things with that hand such as turn the ignition key in my car or hold a pencil, I was able to get by, awkwardly using my other hand. I still felt strongly that I must get that splinter out, but every attempt I made was so painful that I finally gave up. After a few days, I'd felt a lessening of the pain, and I was gaining a conviction that healing was going on. So I thanked the practitioner for her prayerful help and confidently made the decision to pray on my own.

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Testimony of Healing
March 1, 2010

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