Complete healing without stitches
One evening, I badly injured one of my fingers, and the bleeding was profuse. I bandaged the finger, but the incident left me a bit shaken. I phoned a friend for prayer and support, and the following morning, I contacted a Christian Science practitioner, who agreed to give me Christian Science treatment. I was so grateful for the help given. I don’t recall feeling any pain throughout this experience.
In prayer, I pondered references to the phrase “knit together” in the Bible. I also asked a Christian Science nurse (someone who is trained to give nonmedical, practical care while supporting the individual’s choice to rely on prayer for healing) how to properly bandage the wound. The finger began to heal. Then one day my cousin caught sight of the wound and remarked that I should have gotten stitches.
That made me want to see this completely healed through prayer in Christian Science, so I prayed about what I needed to understand about this situation. A passage from the Christian Science textbook leapt out at me: “The divine Science of man is woven into one web of consistency without seam or rent” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 242).
One definition of consistency is “harmony of parts” (merriam-webster.com). I held to the divine Science of who I really am—the beloved expression of my Father, God, whole and complete—and knew that all aspects of my being work in harmony.
I forgot about the finger. One day, I noticed that the pieces of skin had knit together. There was no “rent,” just a slight “seam” or scar. This had previously seemed to be a physical impossibility. I was deeply humbled.
I had occasion to visit the same cousin a few months later, and I showed her my hand. She was amazed to find that you could not tell which finger had been damaged. That evening, a friend happened to point me to a Sentinel article that was perfect for me to share with my cousin as I wrote to her about why healing in Christian Science is such a big part of my life.
I gave gratitude for this healing at a Wednesday testimony meeting at my branch Church of Christ, Scientist, and later received an email from a fellow church member who had found my testimony very inspiring. However, he pointed out the need to know that because all is under God’s perfect government, accidents do not actually happen to His children (see Science and Health, p. 424). This alerted me to the fact that I had not dealt with the apparent cause of this injury. What a great wake-up call! I got to work addressing this in prayer, and now there is no “seam” on the finger, either. No rent, no seam, just harmony.
I am so deeply grateful for this healing. It has been a benchmark in my spiritual progress.
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada