Injured wrist healed

There’s a story in the Bible about a lame man who is carried daily to sit at the gate of a temple and beg for money (see Acts 3:1–8). When he addresses Christ Jesus’ disciples Peter and John, Peter tells the man, “Look on us.” The account says that “he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.” And it continues, “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” 

The man had expected that Peter and John would help—even if it turned out to be not in the way he’d thought—and he was receptive, trusting, and completely healed. 

Expectation played a big part in my prayers recently. I was home alone, and I slipped and fell hard on my hand and wrist. The intense pain made it hard to think clearly. But because I have relied on spiritual means for healing throughout my life and have witnessed many healings through prayer alone, my expectation was that God would comfort and heal me. 

In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements.” Further on in the same passage she describes man as “the compound idea of God, including all right ideas” (p. 475). Clinging to this truth helped lessen the fear, and I declared that I am made up of only right ideas and couldn’t express any wrong ideas, such as a broken wrist. 

I also considered this from Science and Health: “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious—as Life eternally is—can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not. Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony” (p. 495).

I was confidently relying on God and expecting healing through prayer. I called a Christian Science practitioner for metaphysical treatment. She shared exactly what I needed to hear at that moment about my unbreakable connection to God and my inseparability from God—spiritual and unfallen. I drank in these truths and felt less fearful.  

As I continued to pray, I realized that I had been thinking I had to personally do something or know something in just the right way to make the pain stop. When I told the practitioner this, she reminded me that it wasn’t up to me to know a certain truth in a certain way. She shared the story of Christ Jesus feeding the multitude with a few loaves and fish (see Matthew 14:15–21). Rather than send the people away to find food on their own, Jesus said, “They need not depart; give ye them to eat.” The people didn’t need to do anything on their own for the Christ—the spiritual idea of God—to meet all their needs and be always present. 

I was so grateful for this spiritual insight, which reassured me. Right then, I had the expectation that God’s ever-present goodness and love would meet my need. This realization helped me to put all my trust in God. I was able to let go of my fear and personal efforts to figure out my own way to bring relief. Right where I was, God was there, loving and caring for me, whether I prayed with a certain truth in a certain way or not.

I was able to sleep on and off throughout the night. In the morning the pain was completely gone, and by the end of that day the swelling and discoloration were gone, too, and I had full use of my wrist again. This healing occurred nearly a year ago. 

Just like the lame man whose ankle bones received strength, I wanted to jump up and praise God! My Father-Mother God had shown me that I could never be separated from Her love. I was free and whole, and I enjoyed ushering at church that morning. 

This experience showed me clearly that God, divine Love, infinite and ever present, comforts and heals swiftly. I am so grateful to know that I can wholeheartedly turn to God and find the comfort that leads me to better understand that my relationship to God can never be limited or broken.

Kristin Halsey
Alton, Illinois, US

Testimony of Healing
Prayer at work harmonizes and heals
January 30, 2023

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