The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, speaks often about praying with the idea of “reversal. ” In many instances, I have found this to be a helpful idea to guide my prayer.
It was moving day at our home, and boxes were stacked everywhere, ready for loading on the truck. As I walked through the doorway with a large box in my arms, the corner of the box knocked over a shelf that was propped against the wall near the doorjamb.
During an alumni rugby game at the college I attend, I missed a tackle and another player accidentally rolled over my ankle and injured it. Immediately, I began to pray and started by mentally declaring truths I have learned in Christian Science about my spiritual identity.
I started studying Christian Science in 2010, and since then I have had countless blessings. I want to share a healing I experienced in 2016.
Every year around the holidays I look forward to visiting my stepchildren and grandchildren in another state. It’s always a time filled with lots of activity and joy.
I was raised in a faith that did not encourage us to read the Bible, so I had never read it. When I was seventeen, I went to work in the home of a family of Christian Scientists, and after a while I started to read the weekly Christian Science Bible Lessons that I easily found around the house; they are composed of selections from both the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
Last spring, while training for my upcoming sports season, I strained my groin. According to medical/sports therapy estimates, the typical length of time it takes for an injury like this to heal is four to six weeks.
When I took Primary class instruction in Christian Science, I recall learning that true vision is spiritual discernment, and I’ve made great progress in understanding and demonstrating this truth. For about 35 years I have worn glasses.
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.
A healing experience I recently had brought to mind an especially interesting passage in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. It reads, “Until the advancing age admits the efficacy and supremacy of Mind, it is better for Christian Scientists to leave surgery and the adjustment of broken bones and dislocations to the fingers of a surgeon, while the mental healer confines himself chiefly to mental reconstruction and to the prevention of inflammation” ( p.