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Freed from knee problem
Last year, one of my knees would buckle and not work properly when I stood up. I felt this was much more serious than other aches and pains I’d had in the past, and it occurred to me that a lot of people my age seemed to be having knee operations. But this was quickly followed by the thought that I didn’t have to put up with this pain and discomfort, because according to the Bible, God gave man dominion “over every creeping thing” (Genesis 1:26–28). I interpreted “creeping thing” in this case to mean that I had dominion over every fear and world belief about aging and deterioration.
After a few days of praying, though, I was getting discouraged, so I decided to put the problem aside and spend some time thanking God for His perfect creation and for His allness, goodness, omnipresence, and omnipotence. I rejoiced in His ever-present care for me and everyone as our loving Father-Mother God. I knew that God is Spirit, and that as His spiritual idea, I couldn’t be weighed down by a belief in matter, Spirit’s opposite, because matter can take no part in Spirit’s creation. I knew that I was one with God, as Christ Jesus taught. These words from Hymn 263 in the Christian Science Hymnal came to mind: “As the stars in order going, / All-harmonious, He doth move” (J. O. Wallin).
The next day I was still finding it difficult to lift myself from a seated position using both legs, so I just said to the pain and discomfort, “You are not going to take my joy away. I’m going to have a good day, regardless.” And with that, I went ahead with my usual chores.
By saying that I was going to have a good day, regardless, I don’t mean that I was going to try to apply willpower or some other form of mind over matter. Instead, I knew that we have a God-given right to stand up for what is real and true: God, Spirit, and God’s spiritual and eternal creation. I had no need to lean on matter or bow down to physical limitations. The next morning I noticed that there was no more discomfort and that I could stand easily again using both legs. I have been fully mobile and active ever since.
I’m so grateful that we’re taught in Christian Science that we don’t have to put up with any suggestion that tries to steal our joy. What a wonderful gift of freedom we’ve been given through Mary Baker Eddy’s discovery of Christian Science, which shows how to apply the spiritual truths in the Bible.
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