No time for arthritis

This article first appeared on in 2004.

At almost 50, I was the mother of a pre-teen daughter and year-old twins. We lived in a large old house with stairs at every turn. I was finding it harder and harder to climb them.

My husband remembers that I “couldn’t go forward without resting.” My mother, who often stayed over to help with the twins, recalls how my husband sometimes had to help me up and down the stairs. And it was often a struggle for me to pick up the twins. 

I wanted to find a spiritual solution. I’m a longtime reader of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. These books have formed the foundation for my spiritual understanding. I had often turned to prayer for answers throughout my life, and I hoped that prayer could help in this situation, too.

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