Early in 2009, I got up one morning and had difficulty keeping my balance. As I walked, I had to lean on the walls to steady myself to keep from stumbling. I went back to bed, not giving the situation much thought and thinking it would be better after I stayed in bed a while longer.
When I got up, I still had the same difficulty, and as I talked to my wife, I found I was slurring my speech. I had to talk very slowly and deliberately to make myself understood. Later, when I tried to pay some bills, I had difficulty writing the checks. My hand seemed to be out of control, and my handwriting was very sloppy.
The thought of a stroke came, and it occurred to me that I should probably get a substitute to take my place for the following Sunday at the jail where I assist in presenting the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson-Sermon for inmates. I remember wondering how long it might take to see the truth of my being, as a child of God, intact and whole. But as I considered this, it came to me that this was a right activity and I didn’t have to let material conditions keep me from my post. I held to the fact that since I was made in God’s image and likeness, I was perfect right then—governed by His power only.
Three years earlier I had experienced a lack of movement in my arm and shoulder and was healed by relying on this statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action. Mind is the same Life, Love, and wisdom ‘yesterday, and to-day, and forever.’ Matter and its effects—sin, sickness, and death—are states of mortal mind which act, react, and then come to a stop. They are not facts of Mind. They are not ideas, but illusions” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 283). This meant to me that any legitimate action is really an expression of God—not of matter. This meant I could express only this perfect action. I realized that this idea applied to walking, talking, writing, and every other activity. Within a couple of days I was free from all symptoms and went to the jail on schedule, completely healed.
I am so grateful to Mary Baker Eddy for writing Science and Health, explaining God’s divine Principle, which to me means explaining God’s rules for doing all that He does for man by creating him, supplying him, and loving him.
Anaheim, California, US
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