Foot injury healed

One evening early last fall I noticed that one of my feet was discolored and swollen. I was walking with a limp and felt comfortable wearing sandals to work rather than covered shoes. Clearly, something was wrong.

Initially, my response was a barrage of questions. Which part of my foot had been injured? How serious was the injury? When did this happen? What was the cause? What was I going to do about it?

For a few moments I attempted to answer those questions. I couldn’t diagnose the problem. But I did suspect that the swelling was a delayed reaction to a particularly difficult hike up a 14,000-foot mountain three weeks earlier. My boots were less effective than usual at protecting my feet from miles of rocky trail. I had ended the hike in pain, but through prayer, the pain had been healed. But now I wondered if I had been injured in some other way.
As a student of Christian Science, I knew from experience that doctoring the foot, or praying to heal a physical injury, was not an effective way of experiencing complete healing. Christian Science shows that evidence of physical inharmony is an illusion, a distraction by the material senses, that pulls thought away from God and His perfect, spiritual creation. I needed to address the discord in thought. Mary Baker Eddy describes the process in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “One whom I res- cued from seeming spiritual oblivion, in which the senses had engulfed him, wrote to me: ‘. . . The ailment was not bodily, but mental, and I was cured when I learned my way in Christian Science’ ” (pp. 382–383).

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