One morning in mid-July, as I was leaving a reception, I slipped...

One morning in mid-July, as I was leaving a reception, I slipped on a flagstone terrace and came down on my outstretched right arm. There was much pain, and I had no control of my arm from the elbow down. I called to a Christian Science friend who was still at the reception. She kindly drove me home, declaring many comforting truths on the way.

When I got home, I telephoned a practitioner for treatment in Christian Science, and spent the rest of the day and most of that night in prayer, knowing that my heritage as a spiritual idea of God was peace, health, and immunity from pain, dislocation, breakage, and inharmony of any kind. By the next day, although there was no change in the physical evidence, I felt God's government of my being so strongly that I went on to perform my usual activities as well as I could.

In about ten days my arm appeared normal in every way, except that I still could not fully bend the elbow. This made common acts, such as shaving, tying ties, and eating, very difficult. In addition, this condition caused me, a musician, much anxiety because it made certain keyboard performance techniques impossible.

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September 21, 1968

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