"God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or...

"God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power" (Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, p. 473). The truth of this statement was proved to me a few years ago when I suffered a broken jaw in a one-car accident while on vacation. I was frightened and screamed, but my husband, who was driving, spoke aloud of God's presence, so I decided to be quiet and listen. I feel sure that this decision saved my life. I could barely talk, but I managed to tell my husband I wanted Christian Science treatment.

I needed to be cleaned up and properly bandaged, so I was taken to the local hospital. There the doctors told my husband my jaw would have to be wired together, I would have to be sent to a specialist in a large city, and I would very likely be permanently disfigured. My husband said that we were Christian Scientists and would rely solely on Christian Science for healing. Because of the stand my husband took for spiritual healing no medicine was offered me. While a nurse was bandaging me, I was silently declaring the truth for myself, as we are taught to do in Science. I was declaring that as God's spiritual idea, I had not been hurt, because God knows nothing of accidents. As soon as my husband found a motel room for us, he called a Christian Science practitioner to treat me. Although the doctors were reluctant to release me, my husband persisted, and he obtained my release from the hospital. Just before I left the hospital, one of the nurses took my hands in hers and said, "I wish I had the faith in God that you have." I smiled at her.

Words of Current Interest
August 4, 1973

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