I am deeply grateful to Christian Science. Because of what I have learned from it, my only purpose and ambition in life is to become more and more conscious of my status, and that of everyone, as God's perfect man. God, good, is expressed by man.
One evening, as I was preparing dinner, I felt a sharp pain in my hip and started to have some difficulty in walking. At first I didn't pay much attention to it. I limped about for the rest of the evening, but by the time I went to bed there was no improvement. I began to pray to know that in reality I am as perfect as God is, since I am His image. To calm myself I sang hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal, and then I fell asleep.
About three in the morning I woke in intense pain. I asked my husband to telephone a Christian Science practitioner, who agreed to pray for me, and then I very quickly went back to sleep. However, the next morning I could not get out of bed; every movement brought excruciating pain.
In exactly two and a half days I was walking normally once more.
The study of Christian Science has taught me the importance of being consistent in my thoughts and actions. It was obvious that I could not claim to be a perfect, intact idea of God on the one hand, and on the other feel sorry for myself, obeying the so-called material laws that deny the very truths I was affirming.
Once again, I called the practitioner, who assured me that I was one with God, that nothing could separate me from Him, that I included only God's qualities and therefore there was no room for pain. He told me to ask myself this question: "Which of those qualities is suffering?" I then understood that I indeed express all of God's qualities, and that joy, intelligence, truthfulness, love, could never suffer. This showed me that suffering has no real cause, that there is no law to maintain it nor any mind to believe in it.
The following day, Saturday, I talked to the practitioner, because I wanted to be at my church post as Reader on Sunday. He said we should understand that I was completely free right then, not just because I should read at church, but because it was the fact of my being. As Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health, "According to divine Science, man is in a degree as perfect as the Mind that forms him" (p. 337). That was the only thing to claim at that moment.
The next morning, although I could not stand alone, I managed to walk correctly. By the afternoon I was completely healed. In exactly two and a half days from when the difficulty first started, I was walking normally once more. On Monday morning I was back at work, and the next Wednesday I was at my post as Reader. I am deeply grateful to Christian Science.
Rueil Malmaison, France
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