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Healing of Swollen Feet and Ankles

From the December 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal


I wish to express my gratitude for a healing of swollen feet and ankles, which led to a healing of anger along the way. When I experienced irritation in my feet for a few days, I didn’t think much about it or address it prayerfully. Then very quickly over the space of a couple of hours, both my feet and ankles swelled up. Alarmed, I called a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me. 

He immediately rose mentally to refute the symptoms authoritatively as nothing more than the lying testimony of the material senses, and nothing to be afraid of. He based this assertion on Christ Jesus’ statement that the devil “is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). He also shared a statement in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “Have no fear that matter can ache, swell, and be inflamed as the result of a law of any kind, when it is self-evident that matter can have no pain nor inflammation” (p. 393). This gave me confidence that I would be healed through prayer in Christian Science, something which I have experienced many times before.

In the days following, I made sure that I looked away from the physical evidence, and I was led to study the definition of temple in the Glossary of Science and Health. Part of that definition is “body,” and this is immediately followed by “the idea of Life, substance, and intelligence; the superstructure of Truth; the shrine of Love” (p. 595). 

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