The Pearl of Great Price

Leah Walls

“The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”
— Christ Jesus

Healings in Christian Science help us rediscover the pearl of great price. From time to time we will share articles that highlight the role of Christian Science nursing in individual healing experiences.

Last winter I slipped at the top of the stairs, landing halfway down the steps as my grown daughter was coming up them. She immediately called a Christian Science practitioner. Then she called the nursing staff at Fern Lodge, to find out the best way to get me to my bed.

My first memory was looking down from the top of the stairs at my body sprawled on the stairs. My daughter and son-in-law helped move me to the bottom of the stairs, and then they wheeled me in my desk chair to my bed. I awoke to find myself being cared for by a nurse from Fern Lodge. The first day the nurse noticed something was out of place. Before she left nothing was out of place. From that time, while I still couldn’t move any part of my body, I never again felt any pain. My daughter learned how to care for me. She witnessed the daily improvements I made, which made her job easier. We both rejoiced after each day.

The healing progressed in that every day I was able to do a little more than I could the day before. For quite a while, I lay on my back all the time. Then one morning I told my daughter it had come to me that it was time to get out of bed, get dressed and spend time in my office. So, she helped me do that. And I gradually began to do a few more things.

After a few more weeks, I was able to get into my bathtub and have a shower every morning. And I continued to do more things, such as tying and untying my shoes.

All this time, every so often, I would see myself looking down at my body on the stairs that night. I wondered why this kept coming to me. Then one day I realized I was looking at my body from the top of the stairs and that I was not in that body! I was at the top of the stairs!

I now have a walker that helps me move more easily entering and leaving public places. I can take my family out to dinner every Friday night, and I can go to church every Sunday! There are not enough words to express how wonderful Christian Science is, as well as the help available from the practitioners and nurses who practice it.

— Leah Walls, Alamo, California

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