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

Ankle Sprain Healed

I enjoy trail running. Recently, about one mile into a six mile run, I severely twisted my ankle. The intense pain forced me to stop running for a moment. Thoughts of the damage to my ankle, and how I would get home, flooded my thinking. I decided to not listen to those thoughts. The pain was intense enough that the only Scientific thought I could hold to was that: "There is no sensation in matter" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 237).

I completed my run, though a little slower than I had wanted. The rest of the day, anytime my foot hurt, I reaffirmed that same simple truth. By evening, my ankle had swollen to twice the size of the other ankle. The next day, I woke up with reduced swelling but absolutely no pain in my ankle.

The second day, the swelling was gone and I was able to complete a pain-free six mile run as fast as I had originally planned two days prior.

 L.G.State College, PA

Correct Point of View Heals

Last autumn when the foliage was at its finest, my neighbor called out for me to “Look!” I moved away from my car and glanced over but really didn’t see anything extraordinary. Then, I walked over to where she was standing and really looked to where she was pointing. There, framed by the delicate yellow branches of a white birch tree was an entire hillside, distant but vibrant with fall color. Yellows, reds, oranges, and greens in the strong afternoon sun lit up the hillside. My neighbor was right; it was an extraordinary scene.

As thanked her, I realized that I was learning a spiritual lesson here. However, I needed to look at the scene from my neighbor’s point of view. Soon it occurred to me that I could apply this lesson to a physical situation that had been painful and recurring.

Mary Baker Eddy, in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, on page 477, says of Jesus, “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Savior saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.”

What I needed to do was to see myself more clearly as God’s perfect child. I needed to shift the position of my thought. I needed to stand where the Christ stood, seeing only perfection and wholeness, with no pain and no fear of a recurrence of a problem.

By praying in this manner and being grateful for my neighbor’s awareness and insight, I was healed. The situation, which had troubled me over several months, vanished as I used my new perspective. My more spiritual point of view had led me to overcome my physical difficulty. I am so grateful for Christian Science.


C.N., Williamsport, PA

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