Broken arm healed
Originally written in Portuguese, this testimony first appeared in the November 2014 Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German editions of The Herald of Christian Science.
“Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger,” wrote Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 410 ). Today I know how true her words are. Trials compel us to grow spiritually, enabling us to better understand God’s love for us. This became clearer to me after a proof I had of God’s power and healing action in my life.
In early December 2010, after a car accident, I fulfilled the expectations of the police officers who worked on the accident report, and went to the hospital. The nurse who cared for me explained that the X-rays showed that my right arm was broken in three different spots. She recommended I undergo surgery. When I replied saying that I wanted to go home and receive treatment only through Christian Science prayer, she insisted, “But I want you to be able to use your right hand again.”
Although I knew I was free to have the bone set surgically, I felt confident in relying totally on Christian Science treatment. Both my daughter and son-in-law, who were with me, totally supported my decision to trust in prayer to find healing. Neither a cast nor braces were applied, nor did I take any medicine.
At the accident site, the first thing I had done was to call a Christian Science practitioner, asking her to give me treatment through prayer. When I was back home, I spoke frequently with the practitioner, who reaffirmed my unbreakable relationship to God and assured me that nothing could separate me from divine Love. I read Christian Science magazines and studied the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson, which consists of passages from the Bible and from Science and Health.
In Science and Health I found the truth that most helped me on this occasion: “Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man” (p. 393 ). By leaning on this truth, in the next few weeks I was writing with my right hand, and soon after I was able to use scissors to make a Christmas card.
I continued to use my left hand to do everything else I still couldn’t do with my right hand, including shoveling some snow, and this enabled me to stay home by myself when my daughter and son-in-law traveled to Brazil, right before New Year’s Eve. As I did my daily chores, I prayerfully affirmed to myself that God made me capable of doing all that was right for me to do and that nothing could hinder my expressing all the capacity and power divinely bestowed by God upon all His children, including me.
Because I still could not completely wash myself, I reached out to a Christian Science nurse, who helped me twice with my showers. I also wasn’t able to drive, but loving friends took me to church, and so I didn’t need to miss the services at the local branch Church of Christ, Scientist, that I am a member of. The practitioner continued to pray for me while I wasn’t able to move my right arm freely, and during this time I didn’t feel any pain.
A decisive moment in the healing, the turning point that proved my trust in God, happened when someone told me that my arm would be forever deformed, and that my family would not forgive me for relying on prayer to find healing. At that moment, I felt that my love for God would not be shaken. I gave myself entirely and unconditionally to God’s love and care. Loving God above all things was to me an unwavering trust, as it is now and will always be.
Today I know that my love for God was actually reflecting God’s own infinite love, for as the Bible says, “We love him, because he first loved us” (I John 4:19 ). In two months, almost without my realizing it, everything went back to normal. I resumed working and driving and embroidered a wedding dress with more than a thousand very small Swarovski crystals. I was completely healed!
This experience made me spiritually stronger. Three years have passed, and more and more I like to share the message of Christian Science healing that Mary Baker Eddy taught, because prayer in Christian Science is scientific and effective—it brings practical results, and its benefits go beyond just the physical healing. Instead of side effects, we get spiritual benefits. I didn’t do physiotherapy, but I lift things as before, and my right arm and hand work perfectly well. Since I didn’t undergo surgery, there are no scars, and it is impossible to distinguish which was the injured arm.
My understanding of God deepened. My children also benefited from witnessing this evidence of the efficacy of Christianly scientific prayer. I now know, not because I heard, but because I experienced it, that nothing is too hard or too difficult for God. All power belongs to God. God doesn’t test us or cause accidents to happen. God heals us. God is Love.
Amelia Veras Nigro
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, US