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Healing of swollen ankle
There was a time when I was working as a Christian Science nurse in a Christian Science nursing facility and felt weary and burdened. Toward the end of one shift, as we were moving a patient with a Hoyer lifter, the heavy metal base accidentally hit my ankle.
The pain was intense, and I could barely walk, but I immediately started silently praying. The thought that came to me was “Love is not puffed up”; I knew that the caring I was doing for the patients was filled with love for them and could not result in an injury to me.
I was able to finish the shift, but by the time I got home my foot was swollen, and I could not walk or even get a shoe on. Later I looked up the phrase that had come to me, which originates in one of Paul’s epistles in the Bible, and found it in a letter that Mary Baker Eddy wrote to members of The Mother Church, as published in her Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896: “Know ye not that he who exercises the largest charity, and waits on God, renews his strength, and is exalted? Love is not puffed up; . . .” (p. 130).
As I lay in bed that night, praying about how I was going to be able to work the next day, this question came to thought: “Do I really want to go to work tomorrow?” My answer was no. I felt so burdened and physically weary because of the many patients we were caring for.
As I prayed to resolve this feeling, I placed myself in my Father-Mother God’s loving arms and knew that God was caring for me as well as the patients. I peacefully went to sleep embracing this thought. In the morning, the swelling was gone, and my ankle was completely healed. Also, the burdened feeling had lifted, and I joyously returned to work.
Mrs. Eddy also wrote, in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “The scientific and permanent remedy for fatigue is to learn the power of Mind over the body or any illusion of physical weariness, and so destroy this illusion, for matter cannot be weary and heavy-laden” (p. 217).
For the rest of the years that I worked as a Christian Science nurse, I do not recall ever having that sense of burden again, even though at times the workload was heavy. How wonderful to know that the consciousness of Truth rests, uplifts, and heals us.
Charlotte G. Kinney
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, US
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