I wish to give thanks for a wonderful healing...

I wish to give thanks for a wonderful healing I had while still associated with business and with machine tool work. While hurrying to change a mold in a plastic injection molding machine I had my thought on another important matter and was not so careful or alert as I should have been. I accidentally tripped the starting button while my hand and arm were still in the press. The machine closed on my hand and wrist. The bone in the wrist appeared to be broken and crushed, and the tendons on the back of my wrist were pierced, so that I could not hold my hand up normally. I had to support it with my left hand. The physical evidence was pretty frightening, and I prayed with all the understanding I had to reverse the belief of accident and the fear that my wrist and hand would be stiff and permanently useless. The pain and injury seemed very real at this point.

A fellow worker drove me home, where I washed and cleaned the hand and wrist and pulled the wound together with some adhesive tape. I covered my hand so I could not see it. I then lay down on a couch and had my wife put records of Science and Health on the record player. I listened for quite a while and then prayed in the following manner, "Father, I know that I am a perfect spiritual idea, and an idea does not have a material body to experience accidents or have pain."

Mrs. Eddy states in Science and Health (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." I reasoned that if God does not know of this condition then it is not real and cannot be a part of the true man of God's creation; there can be no injury or harm to the image, or idea, of God. This true image I claimed as my spiritual identity.

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July 11, 1977

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