I have received many blessings in Christian Science, and I should...

I have received many blessings in Christian Science, and I should like to relate the healing of a wasp sting.

Late one afternoon at the office I was busily engaged at my desk when I suddenly felt a stinging sensation on my ear. Thinking it was a pinching earring, I reached remove it. My hand touched something soft and furry, and the stinging increased. Previously, a dear practitioner had told me that if suddenly confronted with a physical pain one should not say, "Ouch," but rather, "No," and explained that it is easier to prevent error from taking possession of one's consciousness than it is to eject it after it has entered. Recalling this, I cried out, "No!" as I brushed a large wasp from my ear.

Closing my eyes, I declared that there is no fear in God's kingdom and no sensation in matter. I remembered Mrs. Eddy's words in Science and Health (p. 485), "Science declares that Mind, not matter, sees, hears, feels, speaks." As I thought of this, I was positive there could be no stinging feeling, as Mind is good and good is All. Resentment tried to enter my thought, and I was grateful to recall Mrs. Eddy's statement (ibid., p. 514), "All of God's creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible." This sentence was in the Quarterly Lesson-Sermon for that week.

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January 21, 1967

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