I was in a hurry, as we so often are. I was running into the house to grab something from the bedroom before heading out again. We had just had heavy rains, and I failed to notice the shower had backed up. There was a quarter inch of water covering the steps into the bathroom and down I went, cracking my head hard on one of the steps. I lay there for a moment, starting to think of how I might be hurt and feeling upset with my husband, who was supposed to have fixed the shower.
Instantly, I knew that I had to pray and also let go of negative thoughts that would impede listening to God. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, once said: “Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 210). I had to close the door on evil or negative thoughts right then and welcome in spiritual truths.
I lay on my back, declaring out loud that I was perfect, that God was present, that all was well. I wasn’t going to get up until I knew I had sufficiently closed the door on evil thoughts and replaced them with what I knew was true spiritually.
I thought of another statement from Mrs. Eddy: “Truth destroys error. Nothing appears to the physical senses but their own subjective state of thought. The senses join issue with error, and pity what has no right either to be pitied or to exist …” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 105). Despite what my physical senses might have told me, I was not and never could be a victim. I didn’t need to pity myself in this situation. I continued to strongly declare that all was well and began loudly singing this hymn:
Through the love of God our Saviour
All will be well;
Free and changeless is His favor;
All must be well;
Precious is the Love that healed us,
Perfect is the grace that sealed us,
Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us;
All, all is well.
(Mary Peters, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 350, © CSBD)
Although I didn’t remember all the words, I remembered the central message of the hymn and sang my way through the melody, filling in “All, all is well” when I forgot the line.
When I felt at peace and not the victim of a fall, but rather God’s perfect expression of wholeness, I arose. I got a mop and cleaned up the water.
When my husband came home, I wasn’t frustrated with him anymore. That had disappeared as a result of my prayers. I mentioned again that we needed to get that shower fixed, but I didn’t bring up the fall. There was no reason to give credence to something that had never had the power to affect me. I continued to watch my thoughts so that nothing but good could enter in. There were no aftereffects, no headaches, no bumps, and the shower was fixed the next day.
I’m so grateful for this healing. All, all is well.
St. George, Grenada