Recently, I was on vacation with my family in California. When we were packing up the car to head home, I suddenly strained my back while loading luggage. I could no longer move easily, and my back became very stiff.
My husband helped me into the passenger seat and got me settled with a pillow. We had about two hours to drive to our next stop, and I was glad to have that time to pray.
There are plenty of material means for dealing with pain and injury, but I’ve always found that prayer—the scientific prayer we learn about in Christian Science—is an effective and immediate help, because it gets down to the real cause of disease. The Christian Science textbook explains, “The cause of all so-called disease is mental, a mortal fear, a mistaken belief or conviction of the necessity and power of ill-health; also a fear that Mind is helpless to defend the life of man and incompetent to control it” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 377).
This is a key element of Christian Science healing: that we deal with the mental cause of disease by understanding that God, Mind, is the only cause, and is constantly producing harmony, peace, freedom, and joy in all being.
When we pray from this standpoint, the fears and false beliefs that claim to cause disease and inharmony fade away, and we experience Mind’s full, harmonious control over the body and in our lives.
As I began quietly praying for myself, a passage from Science and Health about God and our relation to Him came to mind: “The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history”
Since there is never a lapse of harmony in God’s universe, I didn’t need to try to turn a bad situation into a good situation, I only needed to acknowledge and affirm what was already true about God’s—Mind’s—harmonious government of its creation.
This seemed especially relevant since I wasn’t looking forward to going home after having such a great vacation; there were some unresolved issues that I had to return to and they were weighing on me. I prayed for a greater sense of freedom in these situations, and I prayed for all involved. A weight lifted after that.
Lastly, I had been feeling restricted in our family life with the daily cares of our household. I thought about the spiritual qualities of freedom, joy, and spontaneity and how I effortlessly reflect and express them at all times and in all circumstances because they are God-given. I thought about Paul writing with joy to the Philippians from prison—and he didn’t even know if he was going to live much longer. I reasoned that if Paul could feel the joy and freedom of Christ while being confined in jail, I could certainly feel the same.
By the time we reached our next stop, I could move with greater ease and enjoyed a brief visit with friends. There was still some restriction in my movement, so I continued to pray during the rest of the drive home, with my conviction of God’s power and allness growing each step of the way. It wasn’t until we were home for a couple of days, and I had just finished an aerobic exercise, that I realized the pain was gone and I had complete freedom of movement again.
I’m so grateful for this healing.
Bend, Oregon, US
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