Back injury healed
Last year, my husband and I were on a walk through a horse property, and we encountered a rope gate. My husband jumped over it, but when I followed, my foot caught on the rope. Struggling to regain my balance, I twisted my lower back, and it felt as though something had been pulled out of place. Immediately, I rejected the pain because I knew it wasn’t from God, good. I was able to walk home, but for the next two days I was pretty much immobilized.
I prayerfully affirmed my inseparability from God’s all-power and constant presence and rejected the concept of accident as a cause or injury as an effect; still, the intense pain continued. I read the following passage about man, meaning everyone, from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven,—himself subordinate alone to his Maker” (p. 518).
That’s when it occurred to me to call a Christian Science practitioner for metaphysical treatment. Being a practitioner myself, I questioned why I needed another’s prayerful help. But Science and Health offers guidance on this point: “If students do not readily heal themselves, they should early call an experienced Christian Scientist to aid them” (p. 420).
When I made that call, the practitioner immediately assured me that I always was and still am on a divine path. I knew it was important to share with the practitioner what was in my thought, and I admitted that I had some resentment about my husband not lifting the rope for me. But this resentment was based in a material view of life, while in my heart, I knew I was dependent on God, Life itself, who created me in Spirit, not in matter. This spiritual truth led me to affirm that I did not rely on a person for protection but on God.
The next morning, I studied that week’s Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly and read this statement from Science and Health: “Self-forgetfulness, purity, and affection are constant prayers” (p.15). I realized I had to stop focusing on myself and pray instead for the world, which needs our prayers every day. The “Daily Prayer” by Mrs. Eddy is one of my constant prayers; it enjoins us to pray that God’s Word “enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!” (Manual of The Mother Church, p. 41).
The Christian Science Monitor, an international weekly news publication, helps support that worldwide prayerful activity. I opened a current issue and decided to write out a Christian Science treatment for each global challenge it described, ranging from governmental elections to racial injustice. When I finished this prayer centered on a genuine love for all humanity, I noticed I was nearly pain-free. My deeper understanding of God and man was a spiritual breakthrough. By the next day, I was completely, permanently healed.
How grateful I am to God for this opportunity to prove that healing is a natural outcome of practicing unselfed love. This experience inspired me to continue praying for the world, and since that day, without my asking, my husband has lifted the rope for me on every walk!
Park City, Utah, US