Healing of inflamed hands

I was introduced to Christian Science by my aunt and started attending the Sunday School of the Christian Science Society in Chandigarh. There I learned how to feel my unbreakable connection to God and overcome challenges in my life. I want to share a healing that happened in December 2019, just a few months before I turned twenty and graduated from Sunday School.

One day, a little bit of swelling appeared in my hands. I simply ignored it. Three days later, I traveled to another city with my family during vacation. When we arrived there the next day, the swelling in my fingers had increased, and redness and pain also occurred. It was difficult even to bend my fingers. 

My mother feared that I had an infection. But she is also a student of Christian Science, so she supported my choice to have metaphysical treatment in Christian Science. 

I contacted a Christian Science practitioner, who lovingly agreed to pray for me. She told me to understand that I am not made up of flesh, blood, and bones, but am instead purely spiritual. She also directed me to a passage in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy that says: “Instinct is better than misguided reason, as even nature declares. The violet lifts her blue eye to greet the early spring. The leaves clap their hands as nature’s untired worshippers. The snowbird sings and soars amid the blasts; he has no catarrh from wet feet, and procures a summer residence with more ease than a nabob. The atmosphere of the earth, kinder than the atmosphere of mortal mind, leaves catarrh to the latter. Colds, coughs, and contagion are engendered solely by human theories” (p. 220).

This helped me to see that weather, which I had thought might be a cause of the inflammation, can have no effect on us. The practitioner also spoke about Christ Jesus, that he was born in a stable and laid in a manger and remained perfect without any infection. Like the Christ child, we reflect God’s perfection, free from any kind of infection or harm. She also recommended that I not check the symptoms throughout the day. Understanding this, I didn’t look at or think about my hands, and I enjoyed the day with my family. 

By that evening, I could move my fingers, and there was no pain, although some swelling and redness remained. The practitioner reminded me of this line from a hymn in the Christian Science Hymnal: “Thy kingdom, God, within us / Shows forth Love’s sweet control” (Margaret Glenn Matters, No. 221, © CSBD), and we talked about what it means that everything is under divine Love’s sweet control. 

I saw more improvement by the next day. By the day after that my hands were completely healed, and the condition has never returned. 

I thank God for this healing. I also thank the practitioner for her prayerful help. And I thank my Sunday School teachers for enabling me to know that God helps us in every situation.

Ishita Chopra
Mohali, Punjab, India

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