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A glimpse of healing grace

From the September 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

One evening after some physical activity, the back of my knee was very painful, and that made it hard for me to walk. I grimaced a bit, walked the best I could, and figured it would be better in the morning. When I got up the next day, I was surprised to find that it was not better and knew it was time to pray about it. I was tempted to analyze what had happened and why it hurt, but I knew that would take me deeper into the problem. Then I wondered if I should go for the swim I had planned for that morning. After affirming that God did not see the picture of pain that was being presented and that I did not have to be captive to it, I decided to go ahead. 

As I drove to the pool and even while I was swimming, I continued to open myself to healing ideas. What came to my thought was a statement Mary Baker Eddy makes on page 494 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love.” I have to admit this statement had not meant a lot to me at other times, but there in the swimming pool, grace seemed to mean God’s alleviating power. It was so obvious and comforting to realize that healing and adjustment are not miraculous but the normal action of the Love which is God. After all, God is governing the universe lovingly, so all things work together for good. I had such a tangible feeling for that love which God has for all parts of His creation—“from the infinitesimal to infinity,” as Mrs. Eddy puts it (Science and Health, p. 503). It was nice to realize that His love included me and that I could lean on the “sustaining infinite” (Science and Health, p. vii).

Later in the morning, I sat down to read the Christian Science Bible Lesson, and when I got up, the problem was completely gone. There was not a trace of pain or any impediment to walking. My first thought was “Wow!” Since then I have just felt a quiet gratitude for a new understanding that “grace is no miracle to Love.”

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