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Broken finger restored

From the May 2018 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Autumn in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California is a season of preparation—of getting ready for the upcoming blanketing snows and storing up supplies to get through the cold months with their shorter days of sunlight. One day, after working all day cutting, splitting, and moving large timber for firewood, a 50-pound chunk of wood I was moving out of a trailer fell about five feet directly onto the little finger of my left hand. It was apparent when I removed my leather work glove that the finger was not only discolored but also broken.

Immediately I put my glove back on and sat down to pray to see the truth of this incident. We are bombarded daily by hundreds of things that the world says are inevitable—disease, financial and family problems, accidents, cruelty, etc. But following a Christian Science lecture at our church a few days earlier, I had been praying about the concept of inevitability and how the divine laws of God abolish the so-called laws of nature.

I had been studying the account in the Bible that tells us about Christ Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (see John 11:1–44). We read that Lazarus had been dead four days before Jesus arrived. At the time, the popular Jewish belief was that a person’s spirit would remain with or near the corpse for three days. By restoring and raising Lazarus after four days had passed, Jesus proved that God’s law truly is the only law, constant and always in operation.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, explains in the Christian Science textbook: “Jesus said of Lazarus: ‘Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.’ Jesus restored Lazarus by the understanding that Lazarus had never died, not by an admission that his body had died and then lived again. Had Jesus believed that Lazarus had lived or died in his body, the Master would have stood on the same plane of belief as those who buried the body, and he could not have resuscitated it” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 75). The Christ was exemplified through Jesus’ understanding and proving of the world’s “natural” laws as nothing more than a false sense of reality and God’s law as supreme.

With these ideas in mind, it seemed to me that if Jesus could raise someone from the dead, a broken finger could also be healed. Nobody is excluded from the jurisdiction of divine law, which dissolves fear, dread, pain, and any sense of the inevitability of evil.

As I sat on the trailer’s tailgate, quietly praying and affirming that true substance is spiritual, not based in matter, I became aware of the falsity of the assumption that it was inevitable for my finger to be broken. We are purely spiritual, the expression of our Father, and nothing can harm or even touch the purity and wholeness of divine Spirit.

Within minutes of beginning to pray, I felt the finger bone moving back in place, and all pain was gone. I continued working to load and unload another few hundred pieces of wood for the next two and a half hours without a bit of pain or discomfort. Later, when I pulled off my glove, I saw that the finger was whole and a normal color, with just the very slightest sign of a tiny bruise, which went away soon thereafter.

Although the healing was immediate and complete, and a great example of God’s constant protection, it was not the most important part of this incident for me. The deeper lesson was that inevitability doesn’t belong to accident or injury, but to the law of divine Love and our safety in God, Spirit, who provably protects each of us every moment.

I am very grateful for Christian Science.

Fred Oakes
Auberry, California, US

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