First Church of Christ, Scientist, State College
(Christian Science)

Knee Healed

Recently I awoke with a sore knee.  I was scheduled to play tennis that evening. In Genesis it says God made us in His image and likeness, that our purpose in life is to be fruitful, and that God gave us the tool of dominion to fulfill that purpose. 

I checked my e-mail.  I had a couple of unsolicited e-mails that advertised inappropriate items that I would never buy and organizations I am not interested in. They gave the option to "unsubscribe", which I did.  I recalled a citation in the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 225:8:  "The powers of this world will fight, and will command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to their systems;  but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on."

I realized that I did not have to subscribe to the world thought that I am a fragile mortal, material being who is feeling sharp pain.   I recalled the spiritual truths of Christian Science that I had thought about earlier, as mentioned above. Unable to get a substitute for the tennis match, I "marched on" keeping these divine laws in my thought.  I was able to play tennis and
by the end of the following day I was healed--not only healed but also having a clearer view of myself as God's beloved image and likeness expressing that wonderful God-given tool, dominion. 

L. E. Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, United States

The other day, I witnessed someone being extremely impatient with someone else. It reminded me of a time when I learned a valuable lesson in patient prayer.

My husband and I both had the day off and we decided to use the opportunity to have my car serviced. On the morning that this was to be done, I woke him and said I was leaving to go to the dealership. He said he was getting up and would come shortly.

After getting to the dealership, I waited for my husband to come. We didn't have cell phones but I called home on a land line and got no answer. I wondered if he had fallen asleep. My car would take most of the day and we had planned to have breakfast and do some shopping.

I decided I needed most of all to pray. The wonderful thing about prayer is that you can do it anywhere, any time. You don't need books to read. You don't need cell phone or extra land lines. In Matthew 6:6, Jesus says that we should enter into our closet and shut the door. Most translations refer to this as entering into a quiet room. We can do this anywhere.

I went outside the busy, noisy dealership and sat on the curb. If my husband called the dealership, I would be right there. I sang hymns to myself and prayed the Lord's Prayer. Right there, on the curb, was my quiet room.

After about an hour and a half, my husband arrived. I was so full of prayer that it was a joyful reunion. It turned out that there had been a serious accident on the highway on the way to the dealership and he wasn't able to get off the highway. He had had no way to call me. We went on to have a wonderful day together.

This has stood out to me as an example of being patient and trusting in the prayerful work I am doing. I am grateful that we are being taught every day the value of prayer through Christian Science.

C. N., Williamsport, PA
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