I am twelve years old

I am twelve years old. I should like to express my gratitude for Christian Science and for a healing I had about three years ago. I was on the school playground hitting my tennis ball against the back of the school building. My ball went off to the side where a metal post was, and as I picked the ball up, my head hit a sharp pointed part of the post. My head started bleeding, and I had a pain in my head. The friend who was with me was with me was not a Christian Scientist, and he said that I would have to go to the hospital and have stitches taken in my head. I was not afraid, and I went home.

When I arrived home, my mother talked to me about the teachings of Christian Science. She told me that because I was God's spiritual child I could not experience anything harmful like an accident, because God made everything and made it good for His children, and therefore accidents are unknown to God. My mother also reminded me of what Mrs. Eddy says of man on page 475 of Science and Health, "Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements." Further on in the same paragraph she says, "Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science." The bleeding and pain stopped, and I changed my clothes and went out to play. That was the end of the problem.

I am grateful to God for another healing I had recently. Quite a few months before the healing, warts appeared on my thumb, and these warts caused me a lot of embarrassment at school. My mother told me to read every day from the Bible and our textbooks, Science and Health, and also to study the same thoughts of man's perfection quoted above. I also held to thoughts from the first seven verses of the ninety-first Psalm and tried to understand better each day the seven synonyms, or names, for God that Mrs. Eddy has given us: Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind, Principle, so that I could understand God and myself better. Then one Wednesday evening while sitting in church, I looked at my thumb. The warts were gone. These are two of the many healings I have had, and I am grateful.

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