Horse healed of colic

My wife and I live on a horse farm and have three horses. One morning recently, our oldest horse, Spudder, showed signs of being colicky. This concerned my wife, a longtime horse trainer, so she asked me to help her take him to the veterinarian. 

The vet did some tests and told us Spudder was suffering from severe gas as well as an organ that was out of place, caused by what he’d eaten the night before. The vet did the procedures that were normal in cases like this, but there was no improvement. He rejected surgery because of Spudder’s age and recommended that we leave him overnight so they could monitor him. The vet said that he would contact us later in the evening about how Spudder was doing, but that there was nothing more he could do at that point. 

As we left, my wife said she had little hope for the horse. I had been knowing the truth about our horse as created by God, Spirit, and telling him that God loved him and was caring for him, keeping him as the apple of His eye (see Deuteronomy 32:10 ). I knew that he was receptive to spiritual ideas and that this was an opportunity for healing.  

When we got home, I felt impelled to pray more deeply for Spudder. I realized that God, Spirit, is the only cause and causes only good. Therefore, our horse could not be harmed by food or any other form of matter. I affirmed God’s omnipotence and absoluteness, which leave no room for any other power. I thought of the Bible story in Second Kings where Elisha proved the stew of wild gourds to be powerless to harm the people who ate it (see 4:38–41 ). Elisha’s spiritual understanding overruled the belief that there was a power opposed to God that could cause sickness. 

I also read in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “You can even educate a healthy horse so far in physiology that he will take cold without his blanket, whereas the wild animal, left to his instincts, sniffs the wind with delight” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 179 ). This told me that it was not a physical condition but my thought about the horse that was of primary importance to his well-being, and I focused my prayers even more on the truth of being. 

I prayed to see Spudder as God’s individual, perfect idea—to see him the way Mind, God, created and maintains him. I knew this prayer would open the way for God’s truth to be manifested in this loved animal’s experience. By the time I went to bed, I felt at peace and was confident that the spiritual truths I had been praying with had precedence. 

The next morning, my wife received a call from the vet. She exclaimed to me, “Miracle of miracles! The vet said that at 11:00 p.m., Spudder had come around and the blockage had passed. He’s going to be all right. We can pick him up this afternoon.” She was relieved and happy that Spudder had recovered so quickly, and since then he has remained his normal, happy self.  

I’m very grateful for Christian Science and for what it teaches us of God’s great power and love.

Stephen Bischoff
Culleoka, Tennessee, US

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