Two summers ago I sent our son to Florida to visit his grandparents

Two summers ago I sent our son to Florida to visit his grandparents. After I had put him on the bus, I became very fearful. I went home to do my prayerful metaphysical work as we are taught to do in Christian Science. I studied very hard that day, and in praying the ninety-first Psalm, verse 11, "He shall give his angels charge over thee," I knew God was taking care of our son on that bus and at all times. I also read in Genesis, Chapter 22, the account of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac. I thought, "God did not really want Abraham to sacrifice his boy but only realize that the boy was God's child." I too realized that my boy was God's child, not mine, and He would care for him everywhere, always.

I always had loved the statement of Christ Jesus (Matt. 6:6), "Pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Every day all summer I prayed to my Father in secret.

At the end of the summer my husband and I went to get our son. We had just arrived when the woman across the street came over and told us that our son had saved her boy's life. She said her son was building a barbecue fire, when he caught his thumb in a gas can and threw the fluid all over himself. It ignited. Her boy had thrown himself on the ground, and our son threw himself on top of him. The woman said our son certainly was protected, for he did not have one mark on him. Her son was in the hospital for several weeks but was healed much sooner than the doctor had predicted. Our son told us that he went to visit the neighbor's boy in the hospital every day. He said he was not studying the Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly every day, and he became confused. Late one night he decided to study the lesson. He came to the statement in James (1:8): "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." He decided then and there to be a Christian Scientist. I was very grateful that my Father had indeed rewarded me "openly."

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November 7, 1970

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