Deep wound healed

I had a new kitchen knife for chopping vegetables and was using it for the first time. While chopping a carrot, I accidentally sliced into one of my fingers. The bandage I applied was instantly soaked with blood. 

As I wrapped a clean towel around the hand, I thought about my true, spiritual nature made in God’s image and likeness. I saw that as God’s child, I was “not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements,” as the Christian Science textbook makes clear (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 475). I immediately felt assured that blood had nothing to do with determining my life. It did not define my true identity, which I mentally affirmed as the image and likeness of God, divine Spirit (see Genesis 1:26, 27). 

I also remembered a testimony given at an online church service the week before that had emphasized that health is our birthright as God’s reflection, because health is not a condition of matter but of the divine Mind, which is God. The speaker emphasized that we express health now. So I claimed that this was true for me right then and there.

During the previous few weeks, I had been praying daily, on that same basis of the spiritual identity we each have, to gain a more healing view of the fears surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, I pondered the fact that our identity as God’s child is not invadable by anything adverse. Through that spiritual understanding, I could see that neither my body nor anyone else’s could truly be vulnerable to a virus. 

It suddenly occurred to me that the belief that my body could be harmed by a knife was equally untrue. I mentally corrected this notion that the body is material and vulnerable and declared emphatically that I am made up of the qualities of Spirit, such as fearlessness, love, joy, compassion, good humor, spiritual clarity, intelligence, obedience, and faith—qualities that I knew I expressed and were being expressed in our home. 

As I rested in these thoughts, within a few moments I felt calm and certain of the effectiveness of my prayers. The bleeding had lessened, so I discarded the towel. As I rewrapped the wound with clean bandaging, I could see that the cut had begun to close, although the finger still showed bruising. Feeling little discomfort, I went back to chopping my vegetables, expectant that the finger would continue to heal quickly. 

In fact, I began to feel quite pleased about my progress and thought the healing would be a nice one to share at an upcoming Wednesday testimony meeting at church. I began to check on the finger periodically, looking for further evidence of healing.

But a few mornings after the incident, I read an article in the Sentinel that made me rethink this approach. It said, “A fearful condition amounts to a denial of the presence of God, who is completely good” (Jer Master, “Spiritual immunity,” January 2, 2006). Well, that seemed obvious to me! But then it occurred to me: Wasn’t looking at the material circumstances for signs of improvement also a denial of God’s presence? In other words, wasn’t it making a reality of a human drama—with a beginning, a middle, and an end—of which God could have no knowledge? 

It was immediately clear to me that real progress is spiritual—the result of feeling God’s presence and discovering that we have never suffered an injury, and therefore are not in the process of recovering from one. It was the pure consciousness of my inseparability from divine Spirit that had dissolved the discomfort and stopped the bleeding, and I knew this consciousness could not be lost. 

This spiritual consciousness led to the complete healing of the finger. And it also corrected the misconception that this healing had been a personal achievement, which I realized had been an underlying motive in my desire to testify about it in church. Within a day or two, the bruising on the finger was gone, and the cut had closed entirely, without a scar.

At a testimony meeting several weeks later, I did share, with humility, my gratitude to God for this healing. I also shared my gratitude for the valuable insights I’d gained about my spiritual identity and our unbroken relationship to God.

Anne Whidden
New York City, New York, US

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