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Injured finger healed
As a lifelong Christian Scientist, I’ve found prayer, based on a spiritual understanding of God and His perfect creation, to be an effective means of healing. I’ve experienced many proofs of God’s healing presence and power throughout my life.
I am reminded of a healing I had a few winters ago. One morning, I was having trouble securing a suet holder, after putting a new suet cake into the bird feeder in our backyard. To keep raccoons and squirrels from taking the cake, I was using a twisted wire to keep the holder closed. The holder itself was nailed to a tree, and I had to reach above my head to maneuver the wire. The thought came to me that this was a dangerous thing to be doing. Suddenly my hand slipped and the wire penetrated the glove on my left hand, fish-hooking my index finger. I felt a sharp pain, and soon discovered that I could not remove the wire from my finger.
I saw that in accepting that God’s child could be in a position of danger, I hadn’t been keeping my thought on what was spiritually true. I immediately began to pray, turning away from the material sense testimony and affirming what I knew to be true of man as God’s spiritual idea, created and governed by Him. I understood that Spirit, not matter, is the actual substance of all being, because God Himself is Spirit and His creation (including each one of us in our actual being) is entirely spiritual and harmonious. I mentally declared that there are no accidents or injuries in God’s creation, and that man—the image and likeness of God—is never separated for a moment from God’s care.
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