A guest post written by Marc Thompson from Laguna Beach, California
I had a very normal childhood spending most of my time outside with friends after school and on weekends – riding bikes, hiking, swimming, running, climbing trees, etc. On Sundays my family attended the local Christian Science Church, where my sister and I went to the Sunday School. Whenever I would get hurt it was my mother who would lovingly clean me up with soap and water, apply a bandage when needed, and then we would pray and study the weekly Bible lesson together. Individuals seeking to gain a better understanding of God and His creation study this lesson, which is comprised entirely of Bible selections and citations from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. Occasionally, my mother would call my Sunday School teacher or a Christian Science practitioner to talk with me and to also pray. This approach in dealing with injuries or any health problems such as measles, mumps, fever, or colds, without doctors or medicines, was and still is very natural for me.
Early in my marriage a friend who was a carpenter left his electric circular saw at our house so that we could finish a project the following day. An aluminum divider needed to be trimmed, so I decided to trim the end of the divider myself after he was gone. I had braced the divider with my left foot as I was cutting of the end, and as it was cut off the trimmed piece went into and out of the saw guard and cut through my left foot from the ankle to the bottom of the arch of my instep. My wife called a Christian Science practitioner and then a Christian Science nurse to help me. The nurse was so calm and encouraging as she cleaned my foot and applied a bandage that she reminded me of my mother.
Being a hairstylist, my fear was that I wouldn’t be able to stand on that foot to do my work and would possibly lose clients and income. The next day before going to the salon, I obtained a crutch to assist me. At noon I called the practitioner and during our talk I mentioned the crutch. He reminded me of a beginning statement in Science and Health, “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.” What an encouraging statement this was for me! My concerns melted away and I set aside the crutch and replaced it with the idea that God was holding me up and caring for me. I took my stand there.
Within the week I was standing without discomfort and walking normally. No stitches, no antibiotics or antiseptics, no crutches, and no scar! Praying as I’ve learned in Christian Science has taken care of all my health needs, including those of my body, business, finances, family matters, etc.
For my family and me it has become a truly universal health care system.
Article originally published March 19, 2013