Two summers ago I went to a Girl Scout camp up in the mountains...

Two summers ago I went to a Girl Scout camp up in the mountains of southern California. We were evacuated from the camp due to a big forest fire. From camp we drove down to a vacant restaurant. We stayed there for an hour or two. Many girls were crying and worried because the fire might go into camp and we would lose our stuff.

But then a thought came to me, "Accidents are unknown to God." [The full statement reads (Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, p. 424), "Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God's unerring direction and thus bring out harmony."] The fire was an accident, but since accidents are unknown to God, it couldn't be true. I also knew that God would protect our camp from the fire.

About then the fire started moving across from where we were. The police sent a bus to take us to Palm Springs. We were supposed to stay at a school, but ended up in a police station. I knew God was with me and everyone else, and also protecting camp. When we went back the next Monday, the fire had jumped the road and burned down the vacant restaurant building, but it didn't even come near the camp.

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March 12, 1977

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