Embracing humanity in our prayer heals
One Monday early last year, I found myself struggling with severe pain when I tried to walk. I was just beginning a term as First Reader of my branch Church of Christ, Scientist, which involved standing in front of the congregation for an hour at a time to conduct Sunday morning services and Wednesday testimony meetings.
I contacted a Christian Science practitioner for metaphysical treatment that day and was quickly free of the discomfort.
But then Wednesday morning of that week I couldn’t get out of bed. It was impossible to make the slightest move without sharp pain. I called a friend who is a neighbor and a Christian Science nurse and asked for a walker, to see if I could use it to get on my feet. I was unable to do so, so we prayed aloud, declaring truths we both know well from our study and practice of Christian Science, and denying that any material condition could have power over or effect on me as God’s spiritual and perfect expression. We persisted in these declarations of truth for a few hours, until she finally was able to ease me to the edge of the bed and I could stand and move forward with the walker.
Once I was on my feet, but moving slowly and still somewhat painfully, my prayer became more insistent. Mary Baker Eddy says in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Insist vehemently on the great fact which covers the whole ground, that God, Spirit, is all, and that there is none beside Him. There is no disease. When the supposed suffering is gone from mortal mind, there can be no pain; and when the fear is destroyed, the inflammation will subside” (p. 421).
In a short time, I found myself insisting on this great fact not only for myself but for all humanity. In no time, I was quite naturally standing upright and walking freely without the walker.
The change was so dramatic I was in awe and nearly overwhelmed with joy. I felt as if I were walking on air! How grateful I was to be at my church that night in my role as First Reader, and to stand freely on my feet during our hour-long testimony meeting.
For days after, I would wake in the night rejoicing, praising God, and persistently praying for our dear world, which I continue to do as humanity faces a global health crisis and so many other challenges. I trust that our prayers, when based on the understanding that God’s laws are intelligently and harmoniously governing His entire creation, are healing humanity and bringing peace to every receptive heart.
Sacramento, California, US