Hockey, Page 468, and Me

I was eight years old when I started to play ice hockey on Friday nights. But one Friday at school I suddenly didn't feel well. My teacher, Miss Pardini, said I could call my mom. I went to the office and called. My mom came and picked me up. Many other kids were absent that day also.

When I got home I went to bed, and Mom gave me a book of children's stories reprinted from the Christian Science Sentinel to read. After reading some of the stories I got the book by Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health. You probably know what is on page 468—"the scientific statement of being." It begins: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all."

Mom and I talked about the whole statement, sentence by sentence, and I saw that at the end it says, "Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual." So I learned that I am spiritual and immortal. "Spiritual" means not made of decaying matter but the substance of God, Spirit. "Immortal" means that we are forever ideas of God, not dying mortals. So nothing can touch us that is not good.

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Freedom and Flexibility
February 5, 1977

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