Wound Quickly Healed

About eight years ago I was called to a country town in Missouri to attend the case of a small child. One morning when taking a stroll over the farm with the owner a revolver was prematurely discharged when taking it out of my pocket. I felt a queer sensation in my thigh, but denied it at once and repeated the Scientific Statement of Being. Upon examination it was found that he ball had entered the thigh but had not passed entirely through, lodging about half an inch from the other side. I asked the friend with whom I was staying to cut the ball out, but could not persuade him to do it. He said he knew of an old army surgeon some five miles from there, and if I could stand it to ride that distance he would at once hitch up and take me. I replied that I could stand it, as I was feeling all right. On the way over I was often asked if it hurt much and as I always replied in the negative my friend would say, "That is funny." Finally we arrived and had the surgeon extract the ball. After cutting it out he remarked, "What are you made of? You did not make a groan, and the flesh didn't even quiver when the knife was used. I cannot understand it." I looked at him a moment and smiled. He said, "You had better come back to-morrow and let me dress the wound." I said, "Thank you; but I will take care of that all right." While paying him, he remarked, "You puzzle me, but I believe you must be one of those Christian Scientists that are going the rounds here and curing people." I replied that I was. I rode over the rough roads back to the farm, feeling no dis comfort whatever. I attended to all my duties and felt no pain. In three days all was as if the accident had never occurred, and has remained so to this day. Surely Truth and Love are our only support.

The friend who witnessed the accident and saw me almost constantly for a week afterwards said, "I never would have believed it had any one told me, but what I see I know It is wonderful what your Christian Science did for you in time of need." It gave him and myself also more faith in its teaching to see such a practical demonstration of its power to prevent inflammation and pain. I am extremely thankful for such a great gift, Christian Science, even the partial understanding of which leads us beside still waters.

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