Broken ankle healed
I would like to express gratitude for Christian Science and the lessons it brings to my life.
A couple of years ago I was walking my dog when he suddenly lunged at some geese, causing me to fall forward and down a small embankment. I heard a loud cracking sound in my ankle and was in severe pain. My first thought was, “Uh-oh.” Then I immediately started declaring that there are no accidents under God’s unerring government. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy explains: “When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, ‘I am hurt!’ Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real.
“Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be” (p. 397).
I got up on my feet. I was still in pain but managed to walk back to my car and drive home. In a short time my ankle swelled, and I could not walk. I called a Christian Science practitioner for help in praying for healing.
The first thing I needed to decide was whether or not to go to the emergency room and have the ankle bone set. I have read many accounts of broken bones healed through reliance on Christian Science alone, and that was the direction I wanted to go—to rely solely on God as my physician.
I have been a Christian Scientist my whole life and have relied on God for all my health-care issues. Through my recent study of the Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings, I was getting a better understanding of God’s goodness and His love for each of us. I knew that as God’s child, I could not be separated from this goodness.
I also knew that God is Spirit and made all, as the Bible tells us, so all is spiritual. Therefore, my prayer was not to heal matter but to see that there is no matter, good or bad, sick or well. This awareness of my true spiritual identity brought great gratitude for God’s loving presence, which I have witnessed throughout my life as a Christian Scientist, and I felt a great calm and peace.
On the third day, I could walk but was still in some pain. On the fourth day, before my feet even hit the ground I knew I was healed. There was no pain, and I could walk normally. I didn’t immediately start walking my dog again, as I discovered that I had a latent fear of being injured again. That was quickly overcome through prayer, and we started taking our regular mile-long walks at the end of the second week. That was the end of the problem.
I would like to express much gratitude for the practitioner who worked closely with me at this time. Her prayerful support in the overcoming of pain and fear was most appreciated. I am very grateful for how Christian Science lifts us above the mist of a supposed life in matter.
Kent, Ohio, US