One day a little girl came to my door and asked me to...

One day a little girl came to my door and asked me to come quickly across the street, as some boys were hurting my little boy. I went with her, and found that a large boy had thrown him down and broken his nose. My son was a sorry sight to see. I washed his face and removed the bloodstained shirt, repeating "the scientific statement of being" from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 468) as I did so, and trying to overcome all ill feeling. But I was not able to rise above the sense of hatred towards the other boy, and I did not seem to be making much progress with the healing of the nose. It was crooked and there was a bunch on it.

This went on for two weeks, and then I went to a Christian Science practitioner for help on the problem. In my talk with the practitioner I became conscious of a change in my attitude towards the boy whom I had hated. I saw that if he had known what my boy was learning in Christian Science he could not have done what he did. I also saw that I could not heal if I would not love; that the only power that can possibly heal an injury caused by hate is enough of love and forgiveness to overbalance the hate. My thought was changed from revenge to forgiveness; and all the way home I kept repeating, God forgive him, for he knew not what he did. When my boy returned from school he said that he had suddenly felt a thud on his nose, as if someone had hit him with a paper wad, and he put his hand to his nose and the bunch was gone and the nose was perfectly straight and normal. This took place at the very time that love took the place of hate in my thought.

I am very grateful for this and many other healings. I am a member of The Mother Church and of a branch church, and my boy attends the Christian Science Sunday School. He has never known any means of healing other than Christian Science.

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Signs of the Times
October 1, 1932

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