First Church of Christ, Scientist, State College

(Christian Science)

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

Daniel and the lions' den

A recent Christian Science Bible Lesson included the account of Daniel and the lions' den (Daniel 6). Daniel was preserved in the lions' den because, as he explained to King Darius later:  "My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me; forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt." (Daniel 6:22)

When I was studying the Lesson, I remembered something that happened a few years ago. I was working full time in a retail store and had come home to have dinner and then go on to teach two classes in a nearby college. After getting home, I took a walk before dinner. I was walking in a small field when I just collapsed. I remember saying to myself that God strengthens me. I got up but could only walk a few feet before collapsing again. I made it as far as our cul-de-sac but then couldn't remember where we lived.

I kept knowing that God's angel presence would show me the way and give me the strength to go forward.  By crawling and walking, I was able to find our driveway and make it into the front door. Inside, I sat quietly thanking God and being grateful that I was continuously in the presence of God. After having dinner, I was able to go to the school and teach.

I was thinking about the fact that lions, metaphorically, might present themselves, but they are not to be feared. The lions of fear, anger, weakness, frustration, confusion, cannot have any power over us. When we listen and pray quietly, the lions' mouths are shut--that is, these suggestions have no power over us.

The Bible Lesson tied in the story of Daniel and the lions' den with this quotation from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy:  "The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history."  (470:32-471:5)

What was so helpful to me was the idea that when we learn a lesson in Christian Science, it is permanent. The lions are put in their place and we are released from the lions' den. Our relationship to God is indestructible.

C. N. Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States