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The most natural thing in the world

From the June 2005 issue of The Christian Science Journal

ONE EVENING as I was going to bed, I felt a terrible pain in my back and hips and found that I couldn't straighten out my left leg. I also couldn't stand upright or find a comfortable position in which to sit or lie down. I was quite frightened.

My natural response was to pray. So the first thing I did was to affirm that God, divine Love, was right there with me. That God was only good, and did not inflict pain on me, His/Her beloved child. And if God wasn't the source of this pain, that meant it didn't have any authority or power over me, God's creation. I held to these thoughts. But the pain persisted, and by midnight I was feeling worse. Because of the late hour, I didn't want to call anyone to pray with me. So I turned to God with all my heart and asked Him to show me what to do. All at once the idea came to go to bed and prop my leg up in a certain way, and I found the pain subsided enough for me to fall asleep.

The next morning I was still quite uncomfortable and couldn't move much. I'd had many healings in Christian Science, but had never dealt with a severe physical difficulty like this before, and I wondered: Could prayer really help in this situation, or should I consider seeking medical attention? I decided that I could trust Christian Science to heal this, because God is all-powerful.