One day in late October I suddenly lost consciousness, and when I came to, found myself facedown on the floor. I was alone, in considerable pain, and unable to move my shoulder and arm to support a change in position.
About nine years ago my mother passed on. We had been quite close.
One day my daughter-in-law called and asked me to pray because my grandson had a headache and was in great discomfort. I asked her to put the little one on the phone so I could talk to him.
In 1998 I had a gum abscess that was continually irritating me. The swelling and discharge had been going on for some time, and when I asked my dentist about it, he gave me a detailed description of a “leak,” or “deep decay,” shared its medical name, and said the only solution was a root canal and a crown.
Last summer I severely twisted my ankle during a run. While still sitting on the ground in the forest, I was immensely grateful for a sense of God’s presence.
A few summers ago on a Saturday afternoon, I took my wife and some friends out on our boat on Lake Michigan. At the end of a fun day, we hitched the boat to its trailer to drive it home.
One Saturday morning I was awakened by a severe pain in my stomach. I started to pray about it but couldn’t find relief or go back to sleep, so I got up and went to another room to continue praying.
One midsummer Sunday afternoon, while gathering the supplies needed to wash our car, I hurried down our basement steps, slipped halfway down, and kind of crash-landed. In pain and feeling stunned, I had two immediate thoughts: “Here’s my opportunity to prove my growing conviction that my uninterrupted selfhood is wholly spiritual,” and, “That which is called physical law is actually constituted of theories that ultimately must yield to divine, metaphysical facts.
One morning while leaving a parking garage and giving my ticket to the attendant, I found I was suddenly unable to enunciate words and couldn’t speak to him. The parking attendant didn’t seem to notice any problem as he recognized me and waved me out.
With Christian Science we can “never say never” to healing because there is always the possibility of healing, even if a problem has persisted for some time. So I share this testimony in the hope that it will help those who may be working very hard to not give up, who might be searching for courage to persist in seeing that the immediacy of God’s goodness is indeed the reality.