No more elbow pain

For a few weeks about a year ago I had a sharp pain in both elbows. It was difficult to rest my arms on my desk or computer table. Leaning in front of the fireplace to build a fire was also painful.

At first, thinking the pain would just go away, I didn’t give it much thought, although it was something I had to deal with every day.

Then one day when I was studying the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly, this quote from the Christian Science textbook caught my attention: “Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements. The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 475).

I applied that idea to how I had been thinking about my elbows. And the fact that man (the true identity of each of us) is made in the image and likeness of God lifted my thought above body, bones, and material causes to an understanding of my spiritual identity as God’s expression. The profound truth of that statement was more captivating and attention-getting than the elbow pain. 

I felt I had crossed into new territory. My thought was no longer centered on a personal, physical self—on wondering, for instance, where this pain had come from, why it existed, and how long it would last. It was now focused on the clear, spiritual sense that man’s being, including my real self as God’s idea, is spiritual, perfect, and painless.

A few days later I realized that the elbow pain was completely gone, as if it had never existed. I could lean on my desk, adjust my laptop computer as needed, and reach into the fireplace without the slightest discomfort.

I am so grateful for the challenges that come to us, because they give us a nudge to go higher and realize God’s presence, power, and goodness. I especially appreciate the opportunity to experience the practical relevance of divine Truth in everyday situations.

Robert R. MacKusick
Southport, Maine, US

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