One summer day while visiting a friend, I poured into a glass...

One summer day while visiting a friend, I poured into a glass what I thought to be cool water and, being very thirsty, proceeded to drink it hastily. Then suddenly I realized that I had drunk bleach. Momentarily fear engulfed me. But my training in Christian Science to declare the truth immediately came to my aid. I took my stand, and beautiful truths flooded my consciousness, although I was gasping for breath and my throat was extremely raw. These words of Christ Jesus came to me from Mark (16:18): "They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." And from Science and Health came Mrs. Eddy's words (p. 514), "Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions' den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless."

What I needed to do was truly to understand the control God holds over all and to know that this "all" included me. Paul had proved the inability of the viper to harm the perfect man of God's creating (see Acts 28:3-5), and now I had an opportunity to prove man's inviolability. I reasoned along these lines, and a student of Christian Science read aloud to me the ninety-first Psalm. This enabled me then to continue downtown on an errand as planned.

While en route I passed an ice-cream parlor, and thought that ice cream might be soothing. Immediately this thought was arrested with the truth: "What foolishness! A spiritual idea has never needed to be soothed and does not need to make any concessions to matter now!" With that, the healing was complete. I was able to attend to the business normally and freely. My joy at this sudden freedom was unbounded; I felt like shouting aloud of the healing, but instead I silently prayed to God, "Make me worthy of this blessing."

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Testimony of Healing
As my understanding increases and experience...
January 6, 1968

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