Among the many blessings I experienced as First Reader in a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, was a healing I’d like to share. Perhaps it will be helpful to others dealing with the many impositions imposed upon folks such as myself who have seen a good many moons pass by. The media, and even well-meaning friends and family, can seem to be looking for problems and decline as an inevitable part of living.
About two years ago, late in the month of November, I had gone to bed feeling perfectly well, but had not sufficiently dealt with the lovingly intentioned “good night wish” of my dear husband, during which he had casually referred to me as an “old lady.” When I woke up in the morning, I was unable to move my arms or legs, which lay stiff like lead pipes.
As I prayed to correct and uplift my thought, I silently repeated a hymn from the Christian Science Hymnal Supplement, No. 453, which begins, “Rise up and walk, take up your bed.” I also affirmed the truth about myself as able to “do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).