Painful ankle quickly healed

I went hiking on a strenuous mountain path one day last year, and came home with a painful ankle. A friend advised me: “Stay off it! If you think you hurt your ankle, give it a rest. Let it heal before you use it again.”

The next morning the pain was more intense and I was unable to get out of bed. So I began to pray, recalling my friend’s advice to “stay off it.” I thought about what that might mean spiritually, and I started to focus my thoughts on God and my perfection as His reflection, rather than focusing on a painful ankle and what I should do to make myself more comfortable. In the past, when I have held my thought steadfastly on God and His qualities, I’ve soon seen a marked difference in my body, and I’ve found harmony and healing. 

I wanted to understand that I was intact, whole—forever. That might seem like wishful thinking, since conventional wisdom would say that at any time an accident or disease could again take my mobility or health away. But in learning the laws of God, Spirit, through the study of Christian Science, I have discovered that I am made in the image and likeness of God, not materially, but spiritually. As such, I am not subject to age, accident, or disease—I am only subject to God. God is fully functioning, intact, always harmonious, and as His idea I include all of these qualities as well.

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