“I excused myself and went to a quiet room to be alone with God – in ‘the closet’ as Jesus taught us to do.”

Recently, my husband came to me and said, “This is amazing, but I don’t have a hernia!  It’s gone!”  He knew what he was talking about because he had an operation years ago to have a hernia removed.  As I think about this wonderful healing, I recall his many years of attending Christian Science services with me; his staunch support of Science when we were rearing our children; and in recent years, his dedication to self-improvement through self-effacing prayer.  His sincere prayer to God for help to improve his temperament brought health to his body.  

Earlier in the year 2016, my son called me long distance to ask me to come immediately.  His car, carrying his wife and two children, had just been hit by another car.  The driver of the car was distracted, didn’t notice the red light, did not slow down, and slammed into the side of my son’s car.  I heard his wife and daughter crying in the background.  I told him I would come immediately.

I had a two and half hour drive to his home and used the time to listen to the Lesson-Sermon for that week.  I reminded myself of the ideas Mrs. Eddy gives in Science and Health, about accidents.  One in particular stood out: “…leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony.” (SH, p. 424)  I worked to do this, and to forgive the driver of the car.

When I arrived, I found that my granddaughter and daughter-in-law were in bed.  My granddaughter’s face was swollen with many scratches and her lip was gashed.  My daughter-in-law’s hip had been injured.  After giving the family a hug and a kiss, I excused myself and went to a quiet room to be alone with God – in “the closet” as Jesus taught us to do. (Matt. 6:6)  I blotted out the image of injuries on my granddaughter’s face and the image of pain on my daughter-in-law’s face.  I was knowing that matter cannot cause injury or be injured, that it cannot feel pain or be inflamed.  I gained a quiet sense of God’s love and care and felt His arm surrounding them all.  By the end of the day, my granddaughter had no scratches on her face!  My daughter-in-law’s hip returned to its normal state within a reasonable length of time.