What a joy it is to be brought up in Christian Science!...

What a joy it is to be brought up in Christian Science! I am so grateful to have its truths constantly with me to meet my every need.

Several years ago I visited with my parents and younger sister. While there, my former dentist advised me that he had some bad news. He said my wisdom teeth were growing under the gums at an angle so that they were pushing against my other teeth, and if they were not removed in the very near future, they would cause discomfort and even paralysis of the jaws. He recommended an oral surgeon and offered to set up an appointment for me. I replied that my limited stay in town would not permit this and that I would take care of the condition when I returned home.

Since I had already felt some pain in my teeth, fear immediately set in (or perhaps it was vice versa). I was greatly disturbed about the idea of surgery and also about the consequence the dentist had mentioned if the teeth were not righted. As my mother was with me at the time, she reminded me of God's love for man. We also discussed God's omnipotence and how Christian Science is based on God as the only power. I then decided to work this problem out through prayer and an understanding of God's law, not through medical treatment.

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August 8, 1977

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