A few weeks ago, Annie – one of CLC’s horses – had a fantastic healing through Christian Science care that we thought to share with you all on the blog!
With the unprecedented amount of rain we have seen this fall at camp, the ground was saturated, and the stable paddock, where we keep Toby & Annie, was pretty muddy. These types of conditions can be a concern for horses, as it has the potential to cause a condition in a horse’s hoof that can be life threatening. I will also say we were doing our best, when the weather cooperated, to put the horses into the big ring that doesn’t stay as muddy – but with so much inclement weather, we ended up needing to keep them in the stable paddock, where they could get into their stalls and stay out of the rain.
Well, as October began, we started to see the early onset of this condition. The camp staff were praying with Annie to see improvement, but after a week or so things were not getting better. We had the farrier (horseshoer) come up to remove the shoes – a normal end of season thing – and he confirmed the condition was there. I also determined to call the vet – we had to have the horses wormed (a routine thing) anyhow, so I asked him to also look at Annie’s feet.
That weekend, we had a number of guests on site for our Alumni Reunion, and several of the Alumni are active horse riders, and they all confirmed that the condition in her foot was quite bad.
We decided then to contact a Christian Science practitioner to help with her feet. The vet wasn’t going to be able to make it up to camp for another couple days, so the practitioner had some time to work for her.
The key idea we were praying with for Annie was from the Christian Science Hymnal, #123:
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word.
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who to God for your refuge have fled:
Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand;
When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
To us, this addressed the claim that Annie’s ‘foundation’ sits squarely on God, and not on her mortal feet or the muddy ground.
So the day the vet came to look at her, he looked at all of her feet (not just the one where the issue had been found), and he could find no trace of it whatsoever. He commented to me that even if the cleaning the farrier provided had eliminated it, there should have still been some residual at that point, as the problem takes several days to clear up fully, from a mortal perspective.
To us at Crystal Lake Camps, this was just confirmation not only how complete the healing was, but proof positive that Annie – like all of us – reside firmly and solely in the Kingdom of Heaven, where there is no opportunity for any harmful condition to affect us. What a great healing!
P.S. Annie is also currently looking for a home for the winter. If you or anyone you know is interested in having a horse till next summer, give us a call or send us an email!
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