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Testimonies of Healing

Continuous prayer found natural and effective

From the January 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In the Bible, Paul counsels his fellow Christians, then and now, to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). This was always puzzling to me. How can anyone leading a busy life, juggling family, work, and endless daily activities, pray ceaselessly? Then, several years ago, I glimpsed something of what that directive means, and the spiritual growth that resulted has blessed my life in ways I never could have imagined. 

I’ve always been very active, enjoying walking, running, and hiking, and my daily routine has included lots of effortless movement. In the summer of 2018, I ran a Fourth of July five-kilometer race. I’d participated in many such events over the years, but a couple of days later when I went out for my usual run, I started experiencing extreme foot pain after running a short distance. Limping back home, I wondered what I had done to bring on this level of discomfort. 

I feared having to contend with this condition for a long time, as the healing did not come right away. I continued taking care of my family and home as best I could, as well as fulfilling my Sunday morning church position, which I loved, but which required long periods of standing. Family members and friends who noticed I wasn’t able to move around normally suggested having the condition looked at medically. 

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