Healing is a revealing

On one of the first days of spring last year, I was out on my usual walk in my neighborhood and tripped on a crack in the sidewalk. I fell forward, hitting my forehead, and was bleeding. I knew I had to get up and go into my condominium. I saw no one who could help me stand and get moving, but as I prayed to God and recognized that His strength was there, I was able to get to my feet. 

As I went into my building, I calmed down so that I could hear what God was telling me. I felt He was saying that I was not a mortal needing healing; I was a child of God. 

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy explains, “This mortal seeming is temporal; it never merges into immortal being, but finally disappears, and immortal man, spiritual and eternal, is found to be the real man” (p. 190).

Rather than feeling as though I needed to be healed, I realized that what I needed was for the truth to be clear to me—the truth of spiritual being, which is the only real being. From that moment on, the bleeding stopped, and I was free of pain and fear. And then, this idea came to me: Healing is not improving matter. Healing is the revealing of our perfection. Perfection is what is always true of each of us as God’s healthy, happy, harmonious child, since we each are God’s image and likeness. I picked up my Christian Science Hymnal and started singing in joyful gratitude. 

This healing is complete, and there have been no aftereffects from the fall.

Ever since this experience, I have cherished the idea that healing is the revealing of what is true about God’s child. 

Maralee Knowlen
Studio City, California, US

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