Quick healing of sprained ankle

Last spring I was on a walk with my dog and a friend, and at one point my dog moved right in front of me. To avoid stepping on her, I took a step backward off a curb, twisted my ankle, and fell to the ground. The ankle was painful, but I silently declared that I was actually God’s spiritual idea, forever intact, not made up of material body parts that could be subject to injury. 

Once at home, I could barely get my shoe off, as my foot was very swollen. I got comfortable on the couch and looked up healing ideas from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. A few hours later, however, when I tried to stand up and walk to the kitchen, I could not put any weight on my foot.

I had a houseguest who had never heard of Christian Science before and had been asking me questions about it. He was concerned and kindly offered to pick up medicine at a pharmacy or get medical help for me. I assured him that I was praying, that I knew I was being taken care of by God, and that I had turned to this loving God for healing just about all my life. I also told him I would call a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me and was confident that I would soon be well.

Someone who had stayed in my home years earlier had left a walker in my garden shed, so I asked my houseguest to get it for me. I then called a practitioner, who lovingly agreed to pray for me and gave me a couple of passages from Science and Health to ponder. One of these was: “All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible. A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies. It supports Christian healing, and enables its possessor to emulate the example of Jesus” (pp. 514–515).

I had a peaceful night, and in the morning studied that week’s Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly. These verses from Psalms spoke to me: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” (27:1), “The Lord upholdeth all that fall” (145:14), and “Let thy loving-kindness and thy truth continually preserve me” (40:11). I also found this instruction from Science and Health helpful: “Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite” (p. 407).

When I needed to get up, I started to reach for the walker and then thought, “I’m not made of matter. I’m a spiritual idea, whole and perfect, the image and likeness of our creator, God, divine Spirit, so why am I turning to matter for help? The Almighty is my help.” Then I got up and walked freely; there was absolutely no pain. My ankle was still swollen and discolored, but I turned away from this material picture and rejoiced in my freedom of movement. I understood that nothing could take away my God-given well-being.

My houseguest was amazed when I walked into the living room without even a limp. He said, “Wow! Now I know why you are a Christian Scientist. I’ve never seen anything like that. I can’t believe the difference from yesterday to today.” He said he had experienced injuries like mine that took weeks to get better. I couldn’t wait to call the practitioner and tell her the wonderful news. That same afternoon I went for a walk to the bay and back, rejoicing that I’d had another wonderful proof of God’s healing love. The swelling and bruising disappeared in a couple of days.

I am so grateful to be a student of this healing Science, which has blessed me in countless ways.

Jackie Cvar
Alameda, California, US

Bible Lens
September 26, 2022

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