About two years ago I had a bad fall while walking in my garden at home. I was wearing thick winter socks, so I did not at first see the injury, but it felt as though there were broken bones in one foot, and the pain was severe.
Immediately I turned to the spiritual facts of being to counter the suggestion of pain. I prayed with “the scientific statement of being” in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which reads: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual” (p. 468).
Through pondering these ideas, I saw that I could never fall from the knowledge of myself as the whole, spiritual idea that God created. I understood that man’s being is not in a material body, which meant the pain I was feeling was an illusion. I took each of these blessed truths and clung to them, and the pain subsided.
But I still needed more help for a complete healing, and I was inspired by the spiritual definition of Church in Science and Health that I’d been studying in depth that week because I had just applied for membership in a local branch of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. This definition refers to Church, in part, as “the structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle” (p. 583). I felt deeply moved by this definition of Church as a spiritual idea, a structure sustained and maintained by God.
Later that night, on removing the socks, I found that the injury was more severe than I had realized. Although the pain had subsided, the bones on two of my toes were visibly out of place.
I carried on praying with the second part of the definition of Church, which refers to the highest human concept of the spiritual idea of it: “The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.” And I saw that I was supported and loved by every aspect of this institution—all of its members, all of its periodicals, all of its Christian Science practitioners, and so on—whose mission it is to awaken thought to the understanding of man’s spiritual perfection.
That led me to affirm that I was, right then and always, fully awake to my God-given perfection; that as the spiritual reflection of Spirit, whose structure is perfect, my structure was always perfect, never fragmented, cracked, or broken, but whole; that God was the same before this so-called event as after—no change had taken place in God, nor in God’s idea, man. I fell asleep at peace and knowing I was loved, and felt buoyed up by these thoughts, and by gratitude for The Mother Church and all it stands for.
An hour later I awoke with the strangest sensation in my foot. It was warm and tingling, and felt as though gentle fingers were manipulating the bones. I heard small popping noises, and there was no pain. When I looked at my foot, the toes were straight and completely normal. The swelling, evident before, was gone, and I had normal movement in all my toes. Within a day all bruising had gone, too.
I will never forget the sense of joy I felt. I am so grateful for this wonderful divine Science.
Uvongo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa