Christ impels church work and brings healing
As a young newlywed, I was a regular churchgoer at a branch Church of Christ, Scientist. My husband would come along, and once received a quick healing through prayer after a doctor told him he needed an operation. The Christ was a divine influence moving our lives in the right direction. Regular attendance at Sunday services and Wednesday evening testimony meetings was a result of that dynamic force impelling us Spiritward.
Mary Baker Eddy calls the Christ “the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 332). This message is winning. It’s persuasive. And it results in healing.
Some years ago I had an experience that proved tangibly that when the power of Christ, Truth, impels dedicated involvement with church activities, this can open the way for healing.
One January day, walking in my living room with bare feet, I stepped on a needle that had fallen onto the carpet. Although I wasn’t sure, it seemed that a fragment of the needle had broken off and entered my heel.
Uncomfortable and alarmed, I called a Christian Science practitioner to ask her to pray for me. She quieted my fear about what might have occurred. Though some pain persisted, I was able to walk, carry out household obligations, and even cross-country ski.
Come March, I was discouraged, as the discomfort continued and I was limping. I asked a podiatrist to X-ray the foot. He said there was a needle fragment in my heel too deep for him to extricate. A subsequent procedure by a foot surgeon was unsuccessful. I returned home determined to resume Christian Science treatment and stick with it.
I embarked on a program of earnest prayer and study of the Bible and Science and Health, the textbook of Christian Science. This led to an urge to become more active in church committee work, and I accepted a chairperson appointment.
In April, several chairpersons met and shared readings on the topic of action. Eddy says of Jesus, “He wrought the cure of disease through the divine Mind, which gives all true volition, impulse, and action; and destroys the mental error made manifest physically, and establishes the opposite manifestation of Truth upon the body in harmony and health” (Rudimental Divine Science, p. 3). I perceived that a church body thrives when members individually overcome inertia and passiveness. I saw this happening in my branch church. Over the next two months, as I made arrangements and put things in motion to attend the Annual Meeting of The Mother Church in Boston, I also felt movement and progress with the healing of my foot.
A week after my return, a discussion arose with one of my adult children about spiritual versus material methods of healing. In the course of our discussion I mentioned to her the progress I’d been seeing with my foot. When we looked at it, much to the astonishment of everyone, myself included, the end of the needle was sticking out of my skin. Another daughter ran for tweezers and pulled the whole thing out with ease. I felt that the natural migration of the fragment from my heel to a point of emergence near my ankle reflected the impetus of the Christ, which had animated my prayers all spring. I also felt that this action was propelled by understanding more about the nature of divine Love.
I informed the two podiatrists of the experience. The first one, who had actually advised me to keep up the Christian Science treatment, expressed delight. The second one remarked on how quickly the needle had worked its way out.
My heartfelt desire to become more active in church and my follow-through on that intention aligned my experience with the dynamic nature of the Christ, Truth. The energizing Christ-power removes the unwanted from our experience and establishes a wholesome state of harmony.
Kent Garland MacKay
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US