Immediately following an explosion that was heard and felt fully ten miles from where it occurred, a densely middle-western city was thrown into a high state of excitement. Within a very few seconds after the blast, the streets were filled with people who had come pouring forth from their houses in fright to inquire from one another as to what had happened.

In a certain home within the district a small group of friends were listening to the reading of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, when the explosion happened. So loud was the report, and so severe the shaking of the building, it was at first thought the heating plant of the house had exploded. The first tendency was to follow the suggestion of mortal mind to join the excited throng in the street; but the little group was quickly calmed and reassured by the steady voice of a young lady in the party who read, "The Christian Scientist has enlisted to lessen evil, disease, and death" (Science and Health, p. 450). This statement was sufficient to remind all that their duty at that moment was to know the truth about God's universe, not to speculate regarding error. After being further reminded that "accidents are unknown to God" (Ibid., p. 424), each member of the party was soon at his post, and silently doing his duty as a Christian Scientist to "lessen evil, disease, and death."

A newspaper the following morning announced that a great quantity of dynamite had exploded, and that although two million people were within the affected area, "by miraculous luck no lives were lost." But the many Christian Scientists in the big city and its suburbs, who, doubtless, had been as awake to their duty as the few above described, knew that God, not "luck," was entitled to the credit for this seeming miracle. They knew that this freedom from fatalities was the result of the natural working of God's law of protection. It was just one more proof to them of the ever instant availability of our loving Father-Mother God, when appealed to in true prayer, as taught in Christian Science.

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Be Not Troubled
November 1, 1922

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