Christian Science Journal

On the morning of the dedication of the Chicago church, November 14, 1897, I was in my bedroom in the third story of our house (the house is three stories and basement). I was getting ready to go to the morning service, and my little daughter, five years old, was playing about, when suddenly I felt a silence. I instantly noticed that the child was no longer there and that the window was open.

I looked out and saw her unconscious form on the ground below, her head on the cement sidewalk. Instantly I thought "All is Love."

As I went down-stairs the entire paragraph in "No and Yes," p.19, beginning, "Eternal harmony, perpetuity, and perfection constitute the phenomena of Being," came to me and took up its abode with me, and with it the clear sense of the great gulf fixed between the child and the lie that claimed to destroy. The child was brought in, and as she was carried up-stairs she cried. As she was laid down the blood was spurting from her mouth and had already covered her neck and shoulders. I instantly said, "There is one law— God's law—under which man remains perfect," and the bleeding immediately stopped.

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