by Elaina Cokinos
I am grateful for the experiences of healing I have had through studying Christian Science and living the truths I have learned. I have found that when I pray with deep consecration, I find guidance and am protected and healed. Prayer and study have taught me that, in healing, one’s thought needs to be filled with what is true about God and man. This understanding of spiritual truth enables us to triumph over the errors of material sense, including sickness and pain.
About five or six years ago, one day my brother and I were lovingly teasing each other. He playfully punched me in the shoulder a little harder than he meant to. After that, my shoulder never felt totally right. The incident left me feeling discomfort that persisted on and off for the next several years. I was in high school at the time and didn’t give the situation much prayerful thought. I just went about my life.
Then, about a year ago, now a college student, I was playing in my team’s first lacrosse game of the season. Early in the game I fell on my shoulder. I stayed on the ground for a couple of seconds, but I immediately said a firm “no” to the thought of injury. I thought about how I could pray unceasingly, including in that moment (see I Thessalonians 5:17). I firmly denied and denounced the error, the suggestion that I could be injured or in any way separated from God’s love.
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