While helping a neighbor build a shed, a Christian Scientist was driving nails in a difficult place and caught part of his hand between the nail and the hammer's head. In spite of a severe sense of pain, he was able to continue his work without even a momentary stoppage of activity. He thought instantly of two words from a quotation he had memorized from page 385 of "Science and Health with key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. These words were, "Mind decides."

It was quickly realized that Mind, God, Life, Truth, Love, does decide all things for good. Based on the scientifically Christian premise of an infinitely perfect God, who is All, and whose creation consists of an infinitely perfect man and universe, this spiritual reasoning led to the natural conclusion that error, or evil, is necessarily excluded from the omnipresence of God, good, and from God's reflection, man.

As this student of Christian Science gratefully acknowledged that the real man's imaging forth of his eternal Principle, Soul, Spirit, includes no accidents or untoward results, the rest of Mrs. Eddy's statement came to him: "Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself. If you sprain the muscles or wound the flesh, your remedy is at hand. Mind decides whether or not the flesh shall be discolored, painful, swollen, and inflamed."

October 18, 1947

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