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Head wound healed
Last August, I fell full force on my face on the concrete outside a clinic where my husband was getting a checkup. I may have been momentarily unconscious, as I remember falling but don’t remember hitting the ground. I had a deep cut on my forehead, but immediately told those standing around me that I was OK. Instead of looking at the injury, I decided to reach out to God in prayer and cling to the truth of my spiritual identity.
A nurse who took me inside said that the cut was deep and wouldn’t stop bleeding without stitches, but I declined and told her I was going to call a Christian Science practitioner, which I did. The nurse also predicted that I would have a headache. But this never happened, and the intermittent bleeding stopped that evening. If I had had stitches, I would have come away from the clinic with a stitched wound and nothing more. Instead, the wound healed quickly as a result of the practitioner’s prayerful treatment and my own prayers. I also gained a deeper sense of man’s real identity as one with God, made in His image, as the Scriptures declare.
As I prayed about this incident, I realized that there are not two of me (or anyone)—one a physical, material mortal subject to all manner of discord, and the other God’s eternal image and likeness reflecting His qualities, which are completely harmonious. Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Never born and never dying, it were impossible for man, under the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from his high estate” (p. 258). So which view of man was I going to accept: the illusional and delusional pictures of man suggested by what the Apostle Paul refers to as the carnal mind, opposed to God, or the perfect spiritual reflection of the one and only divine Mind? I chose to accept the spiritual, and praised God for His infinite love, in which man and all creation are one with Him.
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