While I was away at college, a friend accidentally slammed a door...

While I was away at college, a friend accidentally slammed a door on my hand. My thought immediately turned to God, and I audibly reassured myself that God is All. My friend wanted to take me to the hospital, but I asked to be alone in my room. He thought I was angry at him for what he had done. I explained to him, and to myself, that it was wrong to hold him responsible for harming me, because the truth of his selfhood as a child of God was that he was incapable of doing harm. He accepted this truth, and I retired to my room and took up my copy of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy.

It was evident that I had two broken fingers, but I quickly wrapped the hand in a handkerchief to lessen the temptation of accepting the picture of breakage as real. I felt a great sense of fear and wondered, "Maybe this is too big a job for God." I realized what a ridiculous thought this was since God is all-power and therefore supreme in any situation. My Science and Health opened to page 495 where Mrs. Eddy urges: "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious—as Life eternally is—can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not."

With steadfast and calm trust in God I proceeded to declare facts of man that I found in Science and Health. I soon fell asleep and awoke several hours later, free of all discomfort.

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August 26, 1967

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