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Freedom from injuries

From the May 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal

At times it appears that we can be victims of unjust, sometimes random events leading to injury. Rather than being overwhelmed by the unsettling suggestion that we are vulnerable to danger, we can turn to the Bible and see that anyone can experience the healing of injury, as well as the prevention of harm, through prayerfully gaining a deeper understanding of the ever-presence of God’s love.

Years ago I visited a friend’s home that was located on a beautiful beach alongside Lake Michigan. Upon my arrival, when climbing some stairs, I suddenly experienced a sharp pain in one of my legs. It seemed I might have sprained or torn a muscle, and I could not put any weight on that leg.

I excused myself early in the evening to study and pray. I opened the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, and read for some time, gaining comfort from the assurance of God’s care, even though the pain did not subside. I was reminded of Christ Jesus’ and his followers’ healing of many illnesses and injuries. For instance, when Eutychus fell from the third story of a house and died, the Bible tells us that the Apostle Paul “went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him”; and Eutychus’ life was restored (see Acts 20:7–12). It was inspiring to realize that in this instance and many others in the New Testament, physical healing was a natural and normal outcome of prayerfully recognizing the spiritual reality of man as God’s spiritual likeness.

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