Two healings while traveling abroad

In the summer of 2019 I was traveling with my daughter and a group of friends who were also Christian Scientists. We were sightseeing for the day and had taken a ferry from Helsinki across the Gulf of Finland to a beautiful medieval town in Estonia. As we were walking back to the ferry at the end of the day, I suddenly fell on the pavement and landed very hard on my face.

When I became conscious of what had happened, the first thought that occurred to me was “Declare that you are not hurt.” These words are from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, where she explains how to go about praying if you experience an accident, instructing, “Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why . . .” (p. 397). 

Immediately I mentally declared, “I am not hurt.” The very next thought that came to me was “Why are you not hurt?” I answered again, mentally, “Because I am spiritual.” I knew that these two angel messages were from God and that they enabled me to refute and reverse the physical evidence of injury.

I was able to sit up as the group gathered around me and helped clean the blood from my face. At first I felt a little dizzy and shaky, and I couldn’t stand up. One member of our group, a Christian Science practitioner, knelt beside me and began praying with me. She reminded me that I was God’s spiritual idea and that a spiritual idea couldn’t be injured. Her kindness was very comforting and helped me to stay calm.

After a few minutes, I was able to get up and walk to the ferry for the crossing back to Helsinki. I felt so supported by the entire group. There was no pain, and there were no scars or other aftereffects except for some swelling of my nose and mouth, which was healed the next day. I was able to go on with the rest of the trip feeling comfortable and free. I was very grateful for this quick healing, which I attribute to God being “a very present help in trouble,” as stated in the first verse of Psalm 46.

Another statement from Science and Health sums it up for me: “Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual,—neither in nor of matter,—and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well” (p. 14). In my case, I was “suddenly well” after understanding that, being spiritual rather than material, I could not suffer from an accident.

Earlier on this same trip, I had experienced another quick healing. After spending several days in Norway, our group had departed on a cruise ship sailing the Norwegian Sea toward the Arctic Circle. While on the ship, I woke up in the middle of the night feeling extremely ill with flu-like symptoms. It was alarming at first, and I was frightened. 

I had my daughter call a Christian Science practitioner for me. He reminded me that no matter where I was—on land or sea—God was in control, so I had nothing to fear. This comforting thought made me feel calm, and I was able to go back to bed. The symptoms soon abated.

In the morning, I was still feeling rather weak and didn’t want to leave the cabin. I prayed diligently, holding to one of my favorite Bible verses: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God” (Isaiah 41:10). By the end of the day I felt fine.

Earlier that morning, my daughter had told our cabin steward what had happened during the night. He had reported this to the ship’s officers, and we were required to quarantine in our cabin for the next 72 hours. My daughter and I were scheduled to go on an excursion the next day, when the ship docked in the Arctic Circle. But I understood that the ship’s officials were quite concerned about the possible spread among the passengers of something considered contagious, and were doing what they thought best to protect everyone on board. 

I again talked with the practitioner, who pointed out that everyone on the ship—including the officials and other passengers—was governed by one Mind, God. I realized I could trust God to care for everyone, including me, completely.

The thought came to me that I should be dressed and ready when the steward came to the cabin with our breakfast. When he arrived, he was accompanied by the First Mate. They saw me looking perfectly well and happy, and a few minutes later we were notified that the quarantine had been lifted. I was very grateful.

These two experiences never really affected me adversely. I knew during each experience that God was taking perfect care of me and that nothing could take away my joy and happiness. 

One of our tour directors remarked near the end of the trip that she had never heard me complain about anything that had happened, and I thought, “What’s to complain about? I’ve had two wonderful healings! Thank you, God!”

Donna Clifton
Whittier, California, US

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