I was in the middle of moving into my new apartment, when I fell down and severely injured myself. Something had happened to my ribs. I was in great pain and could hardly move. I tried as much as I could to stay on my feet and to fill my thought with the understanding that harmony prevailed, contrary to the chaos that existed in my new apartment. The mess in my apartment was troubling to me. Then a passage from the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, came to my aid: “The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares. Then thought gently whispers: ‘Come hither! Arise from your false consciousness into the true sense of Love …’ ” (pp. 574–575). The last sentence gave me food for thought.
Divine Love sees man only in his perfection, and this is a law. I told myself: “Because of his spiritual nature, man is healthy. Any other evidence is not true. Don’t let yourself be deceived and don’t hold on to something which does not correspond to the image of an active, healthy man. Don’t give room to the thought of limitation or disability. See your surroundings as governed by divine order. Make use of your knowledge about man’s invulnerability. Matter cannot voice things, has no power, is a nothing.” This concept of matter occupied my thought the most.
The next day, my daughter-in-law came over to give me a hand. She’s a trained paramedic and would have liked me to go right away to the hospital for an examination. She offered me pain medication and other drugs. However, I rejected these with an absolute conviction that I wanted to rely on prayer alone.