For the last seven years, I have competed in equine competition with my horse, Lulu. On the final day of competition in November 2007, Lulu and I had begun the first course of the morning and were approaching an obstacle that required us to pass under a bridge with a curtain hanging over the exit. Lulu balked several times, but as cowboys do, I spurred her on. She reared up, something she had never done, and I was slammed against the bridge above. I heard my back crack but was able to move off to the side, slide off Lulu, down a small hill, and lie on the ground.

The next thing I remember was a man next to me telling someone I had been unconscious for several minutes. At that moment I remember saying to myself, "This is a dream," confirming what our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Accidents are unknown to God ..." (p. 424). I also recall trying to complete the Lord's Prayer.

People were asking me questions, but I was having difficulty breathing and talking and was not moving. I asked for a cellphone but was not able to dial numbers. There I was in battle with the thought of a power opposed to God. An ambulance was pulling up to take me to a hospital. A very good friend, who was not a Christian Scientist, stayed by my side and had been able to reach my wife. During the ride, when the ambulance attendant wanted to hook me up to an IV, I told him I was a Christian Scientist. He was not sure what that meant, so my friend started telling him about Christian Science and my reliance on God for healing. (My friend had learned about Christian Science on the many horseback rides we had taken together.)

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Testimony of Healing
April 19, 2010

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