Strength returned

I have wonderful, active young children who love to play and to be frequently held. Over a year ago I began to feel discomfort in the arm I predominantly use to hold them. This increased week by week until I could hardly pick up or carry anything with that arm. This was particularly discouraging for me because I’ve been an athlete my whole life (and was also a military officer for many years) and had never dealt with any challenges like this, despite all the strenuous activity.

I had been consistently giving myself Christian Science treatment but was finding little relief. Then one Sunday morning at church, while serving as First Reader, I was listening to the soloist for the church service as she sang a solo that quoted a familiar Bible verse from the book of Jeremiah: “Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might” (9:23).

All of a sudden it hit me. I thought to myself, “Who do you think you are? Are you glorying in your own personal might? God is your strength! And always has been!” This verse from Psalm 18 immediately came to thought: “It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect” (verse 32).

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When I yield
January 6, 2020

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