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

The Tin Man

This past fall, I wrenched my back. Soon every movement was painful. Standing up, sitting down, getting in and out of the car, carrying packages, walking, and going about my regular duties was extremely difficult. I prayed constantly to see through this experience, but had little relief.

One day, during my quiet time, I thought, “I’m like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.” When Dorothy met him, he was unable to move. He needed oil to be put into all his joints and then he could move freely. From that time on, in some pictures, you see the Tin Man carrying his oil can.

I looked up oil in a Bible Concordance. In Bible times, oil was used for food, as a cosmetic, as a medicinal, for lighting, and in rituals and offerings. Then I looked up oil in the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. She defines oil on page 592 as, “Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration.” My dictionary defines these words in part as follows: Consecration is “to devote irrevocably to the worship of God.” Charity is “benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity.” Gentleness includes the thought of ennobling or soothing. Prayer includes “an earnest request or wish” and heavenly inspiration includes “a divine influence or action.”

Clearly, there was lots to think about. From then on, every time I stood up or sat down or went to bed or did other physical work, I reminded myself that I was filled with consecration, charity, gentleness, prayer and heavenly inspiration. This was my lubrication. This was my oil can, if you will, and I could carry it with me wherever I went. Within a very short time, I was healed. I was completely free to go about my normal duties without any discomfort and the healing has been permanent.

I am so grateful for Christian Science and the practical insight that occurs whenever we truly listen. Thank you.

 Celia Nygard
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

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