Originally published in French

Severe leg swelling disappears

One morning when I woke up, one of my legs did not look normal. From toes to hip, it had grown wider than the other, so much that I had trouble putting on my shoe and pulling up my pants. It looked like the symptom of a pathology familiar in my country—elephantiasis.

I began praying about this immediately. Though I tried to hide the condition by walking at a leisurely pace, one of my acquaintances noticed and expressed fear for me. Locals believe this malady is the result of witchcraft, still a common practice in Africa. 

Christ Jesus taught us that God, not superstition, is the power governing us. As I prayed, I saw that the effect of a magic spell is nothing more than imagination, and it can have no more power over us than we give it. I thought, “Should I allow myself to be the victim of a false opinion of mortal mind?” My emphatic answer was “No!” 

Christian Science reveals that there is only one Mind—God. “In reality,” writes Mary Baker Eddy, “there is no mortal mind, and consequently no transference of mortal thought and will-power. Life and being are of God. In Christian Science, man can do no harm, for scientific thoughts are true thoughts, passing from God to man” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 103–104 ). 

This book also explains that the human body is not responsible for disorders. The body is not true substance; it is a mental concept that manifests our thinking. Science and Health says, “The soil of disease is mortal mind, and you have an abundant or scanty crop of disease, according to the seedlings of fear” (p. 188 ).

Christian Science instructs us, then, to shift our attention away from fear to spiritual reality—God’s infinite goodness and man’s likeness to God—and to stand firm against the false evidence of the physical senses.

I affirmed that God, the Soul of man, is not in materiality. God is Spirit, whose creation is spiritual, above and beyond the limits of outer appearances. Since man is spiritual, he is untouched by accident, sickness, sin, and death. My prayer to realize this truth more clearly brought about a change in my thinking. I felt as if I was emerging into the light of day. The swelling of my leg, which I had dragged around for a week, began to go down. 

I continued to go about my usual activities, understanding that the real child or manifestation of God’s creating expresses divine Principle and so is complete, harmonious, and forever active. I acknowledged that I was spiritual, not material. My leg stopped hurting and recovered its former shape, so I could once again put on my shoes and pants without any difficulty. This deformity has never returned.

I am so grateful for the goodness of our God, who, as the Bible declares, “healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (Psalms 103:3, 4 ). 

Daniel Biwila
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

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