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Material picture or spiritual reality?
When our daughter, Sarah, began to walk at about 11 months, her right foot turned inward at a noticeable angle. Later, during a routine examination, a pediatrician suggested that Sarah would need an aluminum brace to correct the problem, and we were asked to see an orthopedic specialist. In the interim, I called a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me about the situation. The practitioner agreed, and at the end of our brief conversation she paraphrased a verse from Hebrews, “God makes straight paths for her feet.” I looked up the whole verse, which reads, “And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed” (Hebrews 12:13). In less than a week the foot was as perfectly straight as the other. We never went to the orthopedist. It was a complete healing.
How can one explain such a quick healing of a noticeably crooked foot? Was it a miracle or some kind of divine intervention?
Christian Science teaches that healing is the natural outcome of appealing to a higher spiritual law that is always in operation. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy states, “The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man,—as the basis of thought and demonstration” (p. 259).
About the author
Hank Teller is a Christian Science practitioner living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.