Finding More Than I Bargained For

Finding More Than I Bargained For


by Don Ingwerson

The night air was crisp as I found myself running through a dark field on a fraternity house pledge adventure. I was enjoying some newly found freedom that college brings, as a freshman at Kansas State University. Then, “Whack!” I tripped over some wire and hit the ground. My hand and arm swelled up, and it wasn’t a pretty sight.

My frat brothers thought I should go to the emergency room. The doctor on duty felt it was best not to perform any surgery on the hand until the swelling went down. So he placed a cast on my arm from the shoulder to the hand, and released me, expecting that I would return in a few days for treatment.

Interestingly, in addition to searching for a fraternity of friends, I had also been on a spiritual and religious search at the time, and had met a young woman at a church that I’d attended for the first time the previous week. I really liked her, and decided to call her to tell her what happened. “Do you want to come by and talk?” she asked. “Sure”, I said.

We’d had a conversation before about the power of spirituality and prayer when it comes to challenges in life, including health problems. She’d mentioned the idea that mankind is made in the image of God. Not God as a person, but God as Spirit. We talked more about this idea that night, and I thought maybe I’d give this prayer thing a try.

Soon after, I felt the bones, cuts, and bruises begin to heal and knit together – so much so that within a few days I had cut the cast off and was going about my regular duties at the frat house, completely fine. There has never been any problem with my hand despite the doctor’s concern that the injury would require surgery. I don’t even remember which hand it was.

Many today, including some medical professionals, are exploring a more holistic sense of health, one that incorporates factors of the entire person, where our type of thinking influences our quality of living. For instance, recently Dr. Mimi Guarneri, who founded the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, indicated in The Monterey County Herald that recognizing the connection between body, mind, and spirit enables you to transform stressful events. She said, “Meditation is medicine.”

What I witnessed with my hand was the beginning of a life transformation for me, leading me down a more spiritual path. Serendipitously, the young woman who helped me consider these ideas has now been my wife for over 40 years.

Article first published in Blogcritics

About the author

Don Ingwerson Don regularly blogs on health and spirituality and lives in Laguna Beach with his wife - both Christian Science practitioners. He brings his years serving the public in education to his work as a liaison of Christian Science, where he maintains contacts with the media and legislative offices.


  1. Lani says

    Very powerful.
    The connection between mind, body and spirit enables you to transform stressful event. If medicine is defined as a healing agent, then prayer is medicine, a very potent healing agent.

  2. Evelyn Brookins says

    That is a most profound revelation – “meditation is medicine.” Prayer has proven to be the most powerful medicine there is, since I have witnessed it heal physical conditions (broken bones, snake bites, cold and flue and “incurable” situations – but also provide intelligent solutions and direction that is not available to the human mind without the “divine influence” ,which Mary Baker Eddy writes is “ever-present in human consciousness.” It is that divine influence that brings healing and health, intelligence and supply.

  3. Rube says

    What a wonderful example of God’s guidance and direction that has
    led you to service as a Christian Science Practitioner and work in
    the field for Christian Science. And of course the blessing of
    your wonderful wife and companion.

  4. Tracy says

    Beautiful post. I love that this experience blessed you in so many ways – including in leading you to your wife! Lovely, thank you Don. :)

  5. Judy says

    “What cannot God do?” Thank you for the great example of how changing how we think of things, brings such transformative change in our bodies. A very cool healing!!

  6. says

    Thank you Don for relating a healing experience that I am sure will encourage others to want to know more about how to experience this successful approach to a healthier life!

  7. Sharon says

    Thanks, Don, your healing of your arm was really so much more than just a physical healing. It was life transforming in so many ways. Great testimony. Thanks.

  8. Rhonda says

    Yes, it is so true that our thinking not only influences our daitly living but, I have found, it actually determines our present experience. (= Love it! Thanks!

  9. Anne Hughes says

    Sweet! You have proved that Christian Science healing brings so much more into our lives than a better physical body. It brings the wholeness that Jesus’ healings brought to people, accesible in this present world. So the power of our prayers for the world can help to heal the hurts so loudly broadcast in the media every day. Thank you, Don.

  10. says

    Thanks for the great accounting of your healing.
    It certainly seems that your acceptance of prayer as a viable
    treatment method opened the door to a wonderful life.