The all-power of God as taught in Christian Science came...

The all-power of God as taught in Christian Science came to me wonderfully in two demonstrations. In December, 1908, I went to a dentist, and he asked permission to use an anesthetic. I was about to ask him not to use it, when I decided to let him do the work as he thought best, as I had read that day in Science and Health (p. 473), "God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power." That was exactly what I needed. I enclosed that thought within my heart, and it stayed with me.

The dentist prepared the tooth, and I felt no pain whatever. Finally he applied the anesthetic. As soon as he had done this I felt a change, but I thought it was merely a sense of weariness and tried to overcome it. The dentist asked me if he should go on with the work, and I said, "Yes, this is nothing." He replied, "But I want to see some perspiration and color." I told him he should not fear, but I could soon tell, thanks to Christian Science, that the thoughts which came crowding in were wrong. I was thinking of a change that was soon to come, and I was wondering whether it would cause pain. I was not afraid, and as there were some seemingly hard problems for me to meet at the time, I even considered this "slipping away" a solution of all difficulties.

Then came the true thoughts, always leading up to God's presence and all-power, that my passing away in the chair would hurt the dentist's excellent reputation, that it was not the time to sleep, that I had to do my work here, and demonstrate the power of Truth. The dentist spoke to me often, and he gave me some wine to drink, but I could not taste, nor was there any sense of smell when he tried a restorative. He was then, as I now know, greatly puzzled. Then darkness seemed to come slowly. My sight was strong and clear, but the circles of light became smaller and smaller, until there was only one tiny speck of it, and then that also was extinguished. I wished for a Christian Science practitioner, but I could not speak. Instantly, however, the thought came, God is here, all powerful and the only power; He will help me. The strain of keeping the eyes open was so great that I thought it better to close them, and I must have done so, because I heard the dentist say quickly, "Here, wake up!"

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September 19, 1914

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