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My favorite pastime is long-distance running. One day last year while training for a fifty-kilometer race, I became aware of pain in my heels. I put the pain down to my running shoes being not so new anymore and wore a different pair on my next run. But after a few days the pain came back. It wasn’t the shoes.
Still thinking the cause of my discomfort was physical, over the next few weeks I tried different running shoes, different socks, a new route, running more on trails rather than pavement, and finally, experimenting with gel insoles. Despite all this, the pain got worse rather than better. My 50K race was coming up soon, and by this time it was hard even to walk very far. I should have been treating myself through prayer in Christian Science, but I hadn’t been. It’s never too late, though, and it was high time I started.
I had a few days coming up in my diary that were almost clear of commitments, and I decided to dedicate this time to prayer. I am so thankful for the Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly. Each week there is a new Lesson made up of citations from the Bible and from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I read the full Lesson for that week, and, as often happens, it seemed to fit my current situation perfectly. There was one section that seemed almost entirely devoted to spiritual strength and power—not to human feet or gel insoles!
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