My mother was a dedicated Christian Scientist. To get to the nearest Church of Christ, Scientist, she would put me in a stroller and push me two miles to the main road, where we would catch a Greyhound bus to town. There I was enrolled in the Christian Science Sunday School at a very tender age.
When I was a little older, one of the requirements from my Sunday School teacher was to memorize each week’s Golden Text from the Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly. What a wonderful foundation these Bible quotes have been to me over the years! It was in Sunday School that I learned, “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). I have been able to prove this truth many times.
When I was in the seventh grade, I was playing baseball with some friends one morning before school. One of the boys swung his bat, and my finger got caught between his bat and mine. My finger was bleeding and quite obviously broken. The principal took one look and said he was not even going to touch it. He called my mom and asked her to come get me.
When Mom picked me up, we discussed whether to call a Christian Science practitioner for treatment through prayer or have the bone set at the hospital. I had never had medical treatment before, and since we’d had many healing experiences in our family, we were confident in turning to Christian Science to heal my finger.
What impressed me wasn’t the cleaning or care my mother gave the finger after we got home, but the fact that she called a practitioner to pray for me. I had complete trust that God would heal me. Mary Baker Eddy states: “Christian Science is always the most skilful surgeon, but surgery is the branch of its healing which will be last acknowledged. However, it is but just to say that the author has already in her possession well-authenticated records of the cure, by herself and her students through mental surgery alone, of broken bones, dislocated joints, and spinal vertebræ” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 402).
I have always loved thinking about the difference between darkness and light. Light is energy. It moves. It warms and inspires growth. It has power. But darkness has no power—it can’t move or act on its own. But can it affect us? If we tried to run through a dark field at night, we might stumble and fall. But did the darkness cause that fall? No! The absence of light kept us from seeing the way. So we turn on a light to see where we are going.
Similarly, I knew that God, good, has all power, and evil has none. I didn’t look at my finger. I turned on the light of understanding that God is Love and everything He creates is perfect. I understood that a broken finger couldn’t belong to me because it doesn’t belong to God. I lay down on the couch and went to sleep.
Later I woke up, went to my desk, and started drawing. Suddenly I wondered, “Why am I at home?” Then I remembered my finger. I found it was completely healed—no trace of the breakage. And I never had any further problem with that finger.
To me this experience offers proof that Christ Jesus’ healing mission was not for his era only, but for ours too. As Science and Health states: “Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above the loosening grasp of creeds, the demonstration of Christian Mind-healing stands a revealed and practical Science. It is imperious throughout all ages as Christ’s revelation of Truth, of Life, and of Love, which remains inviolate for every man to understand and to practise” (p. 98).
While grateful for the physical healing, I am even more grateful that this experience set me on a path that has guided me throughout my life with physical healings, protection, and supply through advancement in my study and understanding of Christian Science. I have the deepest gratitude for my Sunday School teachers, practitioners, Christian Science class instruction, and church activity.
Deltona, Florida, US