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Sports Injuries Healed

From the February 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The following two healings took place some years ago when I was in high school, and it’s past time to put them on record in the hope they might be helpful to others.

During a junior varsity football game I injured my lower back. If I tried to run, or even walk rapidly, the pain was severe. I prayed diligently the following week, trying to grasp more clearly the Christian Science understanding that qualities such as strength, power, dominion, and mobility derive from divine Mind, God, and not from matter, and therefore could not be affected by matter. But my condition didn’t improve and I had to sit out the next game.  

The team trainer suggested that I treat the injury by soaking it alternately in hot and cold water, which he believed would help circulation. I nodded dutifully, and said nothing about my desire to rely solely on spiritual means for healing. The truth was, I was embarrassed, partly because I knew it would probably be considered weird (especially in the sports culture), and partly because, if the healing didn’t happen quickly, what impression would that give about Christian Science?