I began studying Christian Science when I was very confused and...

I began studying Christian Science when I was very confused and afraid of being alone. My husband was gone for eight months on a special assignment, and our small son and I remained behind at a national monument in the desert. Another child was on the way, and we had no telephone. I could not sleep well at night because of fear. One night I awoke, and the thought came to me strongly, "You are not alone. God is with you." I had been fortunate indeed to have been able to attend the Christian Science Sunday School from time to time as a child, and I remembered that I had learned that truth there. So I earnestly began to study Christian Science.

Soon I was instantaneously healed of smoking, which I was using as a crutch during my uncertainty. I had tried several times to stop through willpower, only to have the habit get a worse hold on me. The healing took place when I humbly opened the textbook at random to the spiritual interpretation of this line in the Lord's Prayer (Science and Health, p. 17): "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Mrs. Eddy's interpretation follows: "And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death."

One son, when small, fell and injured himself. The next morning he could not get up, and I called a Christian Science practitioner for help. All fear left me; and when I returned to him, he was up and walking. However, during the week my husband, who is not a Christian Scientist, found when examining the child what appeared to be a broken collarbone. He requested that I take the child to be X-rayed. I held to the truth that man is upright, unfallen, and unbroken. The doctor said that the bone had already set in perfect alignment, and there was nothing further he needed to do.

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August 9, 1969

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