About ten years ago, I fell and injured my right wrist while I was ice skating with my family. I immediately began to pray for myself, and my wife also prayed for me. I thought about Mary Baker Eddy’s statement in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony” (p. 424).
I continued to pray for myself, but after three days my right hand was swollen and discolored, and I also couldn’t move my fingers. I decided to call a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me. I continued calling the practitioner every few days, and the practitioner kept praying. I began to notice gradual but consistent improvement in my hand and wrist.
However, about two weeks after the initial injury, my boss requested that I see a doctor. I explained I was praying for myself and experiencing gradual improvement daily. He replied that he couldn’t make me see a doctor, but that I couldn’t come to work the next day unless I did. I didn’t want to miss work, so I agreed to see a doctor the following day during my lunch hour. I asked a practitioner to pray for me during the doctor’s visit.
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