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From the May 24, 2010 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

A year ago, in the middle of winter, we had an overnight freezing rain storm in our area that left a sheet of ice on our streets and sidewalks. In the morning I stepped outside our back door, and after taking a few steps, slipped on the ice and fell, hitting the back of my head on the cement walk.

I was momentarily stunned, but when I became conscious of my surroundings, these words from Science and Health filled my thought, and I spoke out loud: "There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God" (p. 228).

I felt so certain right then that God was in control and no accident could separate me from His love and care. Spiritual truths I'd learned throughout my study of Christian Science spoke to me. I pondered the truth of my spiritual identity as divine Love's expression, as Love in expression, upheld and sustained by divine law. In the Bible the Apostle Paul counsels, "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Phil. 4:8). This is the direction my thoughts took. A sense of God's omnipotence, strength, presence, and goodness reassured me, and I welcomed these thoughts as divine messages to be imbibed and lived.

Although it was very cold outside, I felt no fear or anxiety. After some minutes had passed, I turned over and made my way to the door, where I was able to pull myself up and go indoors. My cellphone was in my pocket, and I called my husband, who was working close to our home. He was able to come right away, and with quiet assurance and care helped me upstairs, where I could rest comfortably. The back of my head was bleeding and some swelling was evident, so we placed a towel over the wound while I continued to pray.

Mary Baker Eddy gives such clear guidance in Science and Health when she writes: "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 realized that I knew "the reason why" I wasn't hurt. I was created in God's image, completely spiritual, since God is Spirit. In my prayers, I recognized my innocence and exemption from harm or accident, since I cannot experience anything that God hasn't caused. Good alone is continuous, real, and permanent.

After a short time I began to get ready to go to work in my capacity as a Christian Science nurse. There was still some bleeding, so I asked a friend at work, who is also a Christian Science nurse, to help me cover the area with a thick bandage, which I secured in place with a knit cap. None of my normal activities were interrupted that day.

I continued praying, and after the first day, I didn't need a bandage, and the wound healed quickly and completely without further attention. During the next few days I became aware of intermittent prickly sensations in my arms and shoulders. At first I wondered what they were, but then I quickly realigned my thinking with the spiritual truths I'd been praying. I became more spiritually alert to dismiss any curious, fearful, or anxious thoughts, and with much gratitude I acknowledged the absolute power of divine Love, God, as the only presence and power in my life. In a short time the sensations faded away, and I didn't have further discomfort.

Months later, I was taking a Community Emergency Response Team course at my workplace. The instructor (an EMS trainer and former firefighter) was discussing symptoms connected with severe head injuries and the first aid requirements. It dawned on me then just how complete and swift was my recovery, through prayer alone. My gratitude for Christian Science is unbounded. Through its teachings, I'm learning to know God and to really feel His precious love, mercy, and goodness.

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