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Damaged foot mended
Shortly out of college, I was involved in an automobile accident in which my foot was crushed. The pain was intense and I was unable to walk. I did not have the foot examined by a doctor. The damage was so great I doubted that doctors could fix it.
I loved the God that Christian Science had shown me since early childhood, and my response was to trust this “great Physician” to heal me. The Christian Science practitioner I called for prayerful treatment directed me to “God’s Law of Adjustment” by Adam H. Dickey (The Christian Science Journal, January 1916, p. 559). This article was inspiring and immediately lifted me out of the sense of having been bashed around. That evening, after reading the article, I could see that there is an ordering of all things by God, and that His ideas do not need to compete for, nor can they occupy, the same space. Each idea is cherished and dear to our Father-Mother God and moves in perfect harmony with His laws. I understood that God is the Supreme Ruler, and anything that would try to draw me away from that truth had to be false. I was convinced that the big pickup truck that hit my car could not possibly be outside God’s law, and even the dust and debris blowing across the highway that had blinded the driver of my car could not interfere with the operation of God’s law. So I felt perfectly calm and at peace trusting my foot to God and His laws. By the next morning, the day after the accident, the pain was gone.
In two weeks, I was back in my classroom teaching second-graders. There was a noticeable limp but very few questions, although my every move was being watched since I had noted my preference for Christian Science treatment on the school records. Soon after I returned to my teaching position, the practitioner who had been giving me Christian Science treatment needed to go out of town on an extended business trip. At first I wasn’t sure I was ready to be on my own. I did not have any family or close friends nearby. But on thinking about this, I realized that we are all really on our own—with God. Soon the fear dissolved, and I did not feel the need to call another practitioner. I appreciated the opportunity to be alone with God, to put my faith in my Father-Mother, to feel His presence and the power of His goodness, and to turn absolutely away from falsehoods about my foot.
Margaret Penfield, Susan J. Pocklington, Phyllis Feldman, JSH-Online comments
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