Forgiveness restores mobility
A few days before Christmas 2019, I experienced a sudden loss of mobility. Pain accompanied any attempt to sit up or move my legs from the bed, even with my dear husband’s gentle lifting. As their Christmas gift, our children had invited us to join them the next day at a special New York City restaurant, followed by box seats at an annual concert. The reservations and tickets had been acquired many months earlier.
I called a Christian Science practitioner to ask for prayerful treatment. After I told her of my inability to move and my fear that I might have to cancel these wonderful family plans, she said, “God is more to you than your belief.” She was referring to a statement in the textbook of Christian Science, authored by Mary Baker Eddy: “God is more to a man than his belief, and the less we acknowledge matter or its laws, the more immortality we possess” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 425).
That caught my attention and caused some soul-searching on my part. From then on I tried
to give more thought to prayer and less to the incapacity and pain. The next morning, though, I reported to the practitioner that there had been no improvement and that I was going to have to cancel our Christmas plans. She asked me to ponder the following: “Jesus acted boldly, against the accredited evidence of the senses . . .” (Science and Health, p. 18).
Right then, I realized the right choice was for me to act “against the accredited evidence of the senses,” and I felt safe in going forward to join our children for the evening celebration. With prayer, tears, great effort, and the wonderful support of my husband, I arrived very early at the restaurant. When it was time for our reservation, our kids saw me sitting at a table normally, and when it was time to leave, I explained simply that I was moving a little slower than usual but had already made great progress. With the help of a taxicab, I was able to get around, including everywhere we needed to go for the rest of that evening, without pain.
Another passage from Science and Health was important to me during this time, and I pondered it often. It begins, “The physical healing of Christian Science results now, as in Jesus’ time, from the operation of divine Principle, before which sin and disease lose their reality in human consciousness and disappear . . .” But what really struck me was the reference at the end of the paragraph to being “bruised.” Mrs. Eddy says these healing works are “the sign of Immanuel, or ‘God with us,’ ” coming
“To preach deliverance to the captives
And recovering of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty them that are
bruised” (p. xi).
I realized the need to forgive an acquaintance’s misdeed earlier that week. At the time, my first reaction had been willfully to “let go” and “put things behind us.” Now I prayed for this individual to be set free from any suffering. Forgiving him was an important step forward. The third day after this spiritual uplift, I was able to get out of bed easily and without pain, go up and down stairs in a normal manner, and walk without shuffling.
This experience not only freed me from feeling bruised by someone’s indiscretion but blessed me with a humble consecration to living each moment at the direction of Christ, Truth.
Norwalk, Connecticut, US