My wife and I had taken our small, young family, consisting of a kindergartner and a second grader, to The Hague, Netherlands, for a year, as I was on assignment as an exchange teacher. One day, the school nurse and the principal appeared at my classroom door and motioned for me to approach. The nurse informed me that my eight-year-old son had fallen on the playground, and that they had called an ambulance to take him to the emergency room.
I was invited to ride along, while the principal took over my fifth-grade class. During the trip in the ambulance, the nurse held my son’s front teeth in place. My wife, who worked several part-time jobs, was not immediately available.
I was raised a Christian Scientist, attending Sunday School and Wednesday evening testimony meetings throughout my childhood. My wife started attending with me while we were dating in high school, but both of us drifted away after our marriage. Yet, I had been feeling a great spiritual yearning within me during our time in the Netherlands, which was fed by a gift subscription from my parents to The Herald of Christian Science and The Christian Science Monitor.
In the ambulance, I instinctively turned to my childhood teaching that God is Love and that man can never be separated from this Love. After we arrived at the emergency room, and our son was taken into care, I continued to turn to God in prayer. To my surprise, I never felt a sense of panic or fear, but stayed calm and amazingly trustful that God was in charge, and that our son was safe and totally cared for in God’s loving embrace.
Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients. Silently reassure them as to their exemption from disease and danger. Watch the result of this simple rule of Christian Science, and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every disease. If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, your patient is healed” (pp. 411–412). She also states: “If the case is that of a young child or an infant, it needs to be met mainly through the parent’s thought, silently or audibly on the aforesaid basis of Christian Science” (p. 412).
My sense of calm became so strong that I felt as though a light were shining down on me.
After a period of time, my wife arrived. Soon after, two gentle and caring doctors asked to speak with us. They explained that our son had been standing atop pull-up bars on a cobblestone playground, and had fallen on his face and stripped the gums from his front teeth. They explained that they had stitched his gums back in place, but that we should expect his front teeth to turn black, and that he would eventually lose his permanent front teeth.
The doctors went on to say that our son should not eat solid foods for a week, and to watch him carefully through the first few nights because of the head injury. We were able to take him home and make him comfortable without any medication. This was on a Friday night. My wife and I spent the evening and the weekend in prayer for our son, along with his five-year-old brother.
Our son was hungry that night and wanted solid food. There was immediate evidence of healing, as swelling was relieved that very night, and the boy was lucid and in good spirits. My wife and I continued to marvel at his progress throughout the weekend. He reported no pain, had a normal appetite, slept peacefully, and woke with a desire to return to school Monday morning.
By that time, all swelling was gone, and most of the scabs on his face had been replaced with new pink skin. He looked almost completely normal. The school nurse, principal, and his teacher, along with all his classmates, seemed surprised to see him at school that day.
We took him back to see the doctors a week later, as they had requested. They were pleased to see him in a normal state, expressed surprise, and asked many questions. We explained how rapidly he had healed, and that we attributed his quick recovery to prayer and trust in God’s omnipotence.
The doctors found his teeth to be solidly in place, and not loose as they had expected. His gums appeared normal. He experienced no pain or difficulty with eating or speaking. He ate what he desired and suffered no ill effects.
That was in 1978. This boy, now a man with an eight-year-old son of his own, still has the same front teeth over 30 years later. The teeth never needed additional correction, but have remained straight and healthy.
Riverside, California, US
Our family has been so blessed by Christian Science! Our son’s quick recovery was one of the first major healings experienced by our family. About a year after the incident, I took our two sons to our local dentist in the United States for a checkup and cleaning. I mentioned the accident to the dentist and noted how rapidly the healing had taken place. After the examination, the dentist told me that if I had not told him about the situation, he never would have known that a problem had occurred. He noted that our son’s teeth were absolutely perfect!