Knee injury healed

While downhill skiing several years ago, I felt something give way in my knee as I was going around a mogul. I was able to continue to the bottom of the hill, but the knee would no longer support me in certain motions. 

I took the time to declare that I was spiritual, not material, and to declare, as the Christian Science textbook counsels in relation to accidents, that I was not hurt, and to “understand the reason why.” The reason is that God, good, is All, “as the Scriptures declare Him to be” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 397). On this basis, I was confident that accidents could have no place in God’s kingdom.

I continued to pray along this line for the rest of the day, but that night in the hotel the pain in the knee was intense. At one point, I reached out to God and just asked for help, acknowledging as Jesus did that “I can of mine own self do nothing” (John 5:30). The pain immediately lessened, and I was able to go to sleep. 

Once I got home, I called a Christian Science practitioner for help through prayer. She prayed for me for several weeks, and I prayed as well, striving to understand my wholeness and completeness. One passage from Science and Health stayed with me and guided my prayers: “Mind is the master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man” (p. 393). This gave me the confidence to persist with my prayers.

I was able to go to work as usual, though I walked with a noticeable limp. At one point, my business partner and I were meeting with an attorney friend, who asked what was wrong with my leg. I told him I had done something to it while skiing. My partner said that it didn’t appear to be getting better and that he thought it was about time I went to a doctor. 

That conversation spurred me on to greater prayerful effort. I don’t remember what the mental turning point was, but I do remember getting to the point where I just expected healing. Over the years, I’ve learned that for expectation to result in healing, the expectation has to be grounded in an understanding of the Science of man’s relationship to God, to Spirit. It also has to be understood that any discordant physical condition is illusive and changeable—a false belief held in thought that yields to the truth of man’s perfect, spiritual being as the expression of divine Spirit. My dedicated, prayerful study of the Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings and my efforts at holding to this truth resulted in complete healing. Soon, I was again walking freely and going for runs, and was even back on my skis before the end of the season!

I’ve always been impressed with Mrs. Eddy’s reply to a student who asked when she would be able to heal as Mrs. Eddy did: “When you believe what you say. I believe every statement of Truth that I make” (Yvonne Caché von Fettweis and Robert Townsend Warneck, Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer, Amplified Edition, p. 101). 

Mrs. Eddy discovered the Science of Christianity, and I believe that the truth of this Science was as evident to her as gravity was to Newton. Therefore, she wholeheartedly expected healing, and the healing came. I’m so grateful she did the pioneering work of discovering Christian Science, which enables us to heal.

John Caldwell
Concord, Massachusetts, US

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