Knee injury quickly overcome

I am currently incarcerated, and am a member of a Christian Science prison group. We meet regularly with a Christian Science chaplain to attend Sunday church services and testimony meetings. I have been studying Christian Science for a little over seven years and am a member of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. What a blessing these years have been for me and for the people around me as we have come to understand God’s love better.  

I found Christian Science in a way that could only have been God’s leading. One night, I prayed and asked God to send me to another unit if He wanted me to focus on Him more. The men in my unit, including my friends, were not supportive of my desire to know God better, and there was no one in this unit that I could turn to for help. Shortly after I prayed, I was reclassified and sent to a new unit. I knew that this was an answer to prayer. 

One day, a friend in my new unit asked me if I wanted to go to a Christian Science service with him. The protocol was that I had to write the chaplain and ask him to let me come to the services. At that first service, and upon meeting the volunteers there, I knew I was where God wanted me to be, and it has been a blessing ever since. 

My study of Christian Science has showed me that my true being is spiritual, not material, and that I already have all good from God. I’ve learned that because I am spiritual, none of the negative and matter-based thoughts I had accepted about myself were true or ever had been. I have had wonderful healings simply by staying with these truths. 

Here’s an example. One day, as I was playing basketball, I planted wrong, and my knees buckled. I fell down in great pain. It felt as though something was torn in my knee. I started to know that there are no accidents in God’s kingdom, where all are under God’s omnipresent care. I also prayed with “the scientific statement of being” found in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which begins: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all” (p. 468). 

I slowly got up and kept praying. I was still in pain, but I knew that nothing could separate me from God’s love. As God’s child, I couldn’t fall from grace. I did not accept the human picture of having fallen and been hurt. When I woke up the next day, it was as though the fall and injury had never happened. The pain was gone, and my knee felt fine.

I give thanks to The Mother Church, to the Christian Science volunteers who serve in my facility, and to the Christian Science Institutional Committee in Texas. They are all helping me grow in my understanding of God and Christian Science. I am very grateful for the time they take to teach and help us and for the Christian Science periodicals and books they give us, including the Sentinel, and the weekly Bible Lessons from the Christian Science Quarterly. 

The key to my spiritual progress has been understanding and growing in humility. Humility enables us to recognize the reality of God’s creation and the unreality of the opposite, material picture that appears so real. Mrs. Eddy writes: “Experience shows that humility is the first step in Christian Science, wherein all is controlled, not by man or laws material, but by wisdom, Truth, and Love” and “Humility is the stepping-stone to a higher recognition of Deity” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, pp. 354, 1).

Francisco Perez
Huntsville, Texas, US

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