Proper circulation restored

During my second pregnancy my legs started bothering me terribly. It was painful to stand, and I didn't seem to have proper circulation. Every other difficulty I had experienced during my two pregnancies had been handled completely through prayer. So I began to pray with complete assurance that I could choose to let only God's thoughts guide me.

This was a trying time, as the difficulty was not yielding very quickly. I was having treatment from a Christian Science practitioner. We prayed to understand four facts: (1) There are no degrees of perfection; (2) I have complete dominion over the fear, the condition, and the discomfort; (3) the ideas in a verse from Ecclesiastes: "I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it" (3:14); and (4) there is no condition outside of God's kingdom that can control my life, my body. Pregnancy is not a "condition" that affects my life—it represents the unfoldment of an idea that has been forever in God.

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I was challenged to contradict the material senses consistently. This sometimes seemed overwhelming, but I prayed with the thoughts of a hymn from the Christian Science Hymnal: "In Thee I have no pain or sorrow, / No anxious thought, no load of care" (No. 154). Knowing that there is one Mind gave me the confidence that I lived in Spirit and could not be mesmerized by material appearances. As I prayed to see clearly that this new child was untouched by matter, I knew I needed to see myself in this perfect, spiritual state, too.

I began to pray with complete assurance that I could choose to let only God's thoughts guide me.

A thought from Science and Health was very inspiring at this point: "Mentally contradict every complaint from the body, and rise to the true consciousness of Life as Love,—as all that is pure, and bearing the fruits of Spirit" (p. 391). I strove to understand that I had that "true consciousness" right then.

I don't know exactly when the healing took place, but it was complete. I am so grateful for having been raised in a household where there was no doubt of the effectiveness of Christian Science healing.

Mary Ann Sprague
Elsah, Illinois

Testimony of Healing
Injured elbow fully healed
April 6, 1998

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