Child healed of injuries from bike accident

I was quite young when a friend from across the street asked if I would like to ride his new bike—a fast, sleek machine with ten gears and special brakes. I was excited but a bit apprehensive as I mounted the leather saddle.

Now, this friend lived atop a hill, on a road feeding right down onto a city street. As I quickly gained speed, I noticed a car coming down the street below. I tried to pedal in reverse to apply the brakes as I did on my own bike, not being aware that on this new bike you had to squeeze a lever on the handlebars to apply the brakes. I swerved to miss the car, but the bike and I went down hard and slid across the street.

The next thing I knew, I was in a bathtub, and my mother was leaning over me and gently cleaning me. Most of my skin was lacerated, and I was finding no comfort. My parents had immediately called a Christian Science practitioner—someone who is in the full-time practice of spiritual healing—to pray for me.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes: “Mentally insist that harmony is the fact, and that sickness is a temporal dream. Realize the presence of health and the fact of harmonious being, until the body corresponds with the normal conditions of health and harmony” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 412). And elsewhere in the same book she says: “Consciousness constructs a better body when faith in matter has been conquered. Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew” (p. 425). I trusted and felt the love and support of the prayerful team of the practitioner and my parents and siblings. Over the next few days, I was formed anew. 

Our family was preparing to take a trip from our home in Georgia to visit relatives in New York. I was bundled up, and a bed was prepared for me in the back of our station wagon. 

As I recall, by the time we arrived in New York two days later, there was no more suffering, no disfigurement—nothing that prevented me from having an exciting and joy-filled adventure along with the rest of the family.

It might be added that for decades now, I have been racing on road bikes, and have won both national and international titles.

Nothing can resist the power of humble and fervent prayer. How I love praying daily for myself and for all mankind, as inspired by my parents, Christian Science practitioners, my church and its Founder, and my individual practice of this Christ Science. God is the only Mind. God is the only Life. God’s healing power is ever active, ever available, and always awesome!

Patrick McCreary
Valley Park, Missouri, US


My heart ached to see my little brother covered with lacerations. But immediately after the accident, our parents tenderly talked to us about God and the good that was present. They read to us from the Bible and Science and Health and provided practical, humane care for my brother’s wounds.

Our ride to New York was spent quietly praying, loving Patrick, and caring for his physical needs. Each hour on the road led to more spiritual understanding and healing. Patrick was completely healed of all the injuries, including lacerations and scars. He went on to become a world-class triathlete, manifesting no limitations—physical or post-traumatic. Our whole family grew as a result of this “resurrection” experience.

Suzy Shepard
St. Louis, Missouri, US


As the eldest of six children in the McCreary family, it was my responsibility to help Mom take care of my siblings. So, when I saw Pat’s many wounds, I was paralyzed with fear and overcome with guilt. I watched as Mom modeled the tender nursing qualities of compassion and gentleness, both with Pat and with all of us children, as we were trying to deal with the scary appearance of Pat’s injuries. Our parents comforted us by focusing on the certainty of the power of God, divine Truth, to heal. I concentrated on the last sentence of “the scientific statement of being” from Science and Health: “Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual” (p. 468). Despite the physical evidence to the contrary, I felt deeply that this was true for Pat.

During the two days in the car, I witnessed the complete healing of my brother. And I was healed of a false sense of responsibility. I dearly love Pat for the courage, dedication, and strength that he expressed on the road to his complete restoration.

Judith McCreary Felch
Ellsworth, Maine, US

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