I had spent many years thinking about taking Primary class instruction from an authorized teacher of Christian Science. At last everything was in place: I had applied and been accepted to a class and had bought my travel ticket. There was now just six weeks to go.
But when I fell with a heavy thump on a slippery walkway just after a Christian Science lecture my church had hosted, my thoughts began to race. Had I broken a bone? Would I be able to make it to this special class? Some other lecture attendees assisted me with standing, and because I was unable to put any weight on one leg, they lovingly helped me get where I wanted to go, which was home.
I held to the idea of the unbroken continuity of good. This meant to me that nothing could be outside the influence of God, Love. This includes man, who is made in God’s image and likeness, spiritual and eternal. And even then, I was seeing evidence of that goodness: On the short trip home, the student I had invited to the lecture could not stop asking questions about Christian Science—the lecture had so inspired him.
The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy point to God as divine Principle, operating throughout all time. For instance, there is this statement: “The operation of this Principle indicates the eternality of the scientific order and continuity of being” (Science and Health, p. 123). The truths described in the Old Testament and demonstrated in Jesus’ ministry include the spiritual fact that Life is God, Spirit, without beginning or end.
I treasured these and other truths I had learned in Christian Science, one of which was the following: “All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal. The straight and narrow way is to see and acknowledge this fact, yield to this power, and follow the leadings of truth” (Science and Health, p. 151). My desire was to demonstrate this to the best of my understanding.
In the past, I’d experienced some quick healings, sometimes with the help of a Christian Science practitioner. These included problems of a social or relationship nature, as well as illnesses; for example, bronchitis-type symptoms. But a problem that seemed to involve bones felt scarier to me.
However, with the practitioner’s calm and consistent support and my growing understanding of the continuity of God’s goodness, I reached the conclusion that there are no categories of problems that are less possible to heal. The reason for this is that God is omnipresent; God is good; and His goodness cannot be broken. In God “we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). In God is our protection. Because our true nature is spiritual, made in God’s image, we are therefore whole. Any other perception is an imposition, a falsehood about our real identity.
For a week after the fall I used crutches to get around. I was able to attend a church meeting, and a kind taxi driver took me to work. At the end of the week my husband brought me to our farm. I felt peaceful there, and made progress each day. I was also in contact with a Christian Science practitioner, who was prayerfully supporting me.
Soon I was using only one crutch, then none. Three weeks after the fall I was able to go for a gentle horseback ride. I knew I was completely healed when, one morning, after realizing there was something I needed in the house, I ran up the lawn from the bottom of the garden!
There has been no recurrence of any pain or discomfort. I am riding horses as happily as ever. And I am so grateful to have been able to attend class instruction as planned, which was the fulfillment of my desire to learn and understand more about Christian Science and its healing mission.
“All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). This has been a recurring theme in my experience. I am truly grateful for the teachings of Christian Science, which provide for each one of us the key to the Scriptures and give us the promise of perfect healing.
Caroline Long Mackenzie
Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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