One evening I accidentally grasped the handle of an iron...

One evening I accidentally grasped the handle of an iron frying pan that was in a very hot oven. The pain was intense, and the palm of my hand became quite red. Earlier a lot of thought had been given to God's allness — the truth that He is ever present and fills all space. This means that there is no place for anything unlike good to be. Because I am completely surrounded by His love at all times, His love is the only thing that can really touch me. Nothing can interrupt God's love for His idea.

I remembered the Bible story of the three Hebrews who were put in the fiery furnace. They felt the ever-presence of God's love and were completely protected from harm so that not even "the smell of fire had passed on them" (Dan. 3:27). In a short time the pain and redness completely disappeared, and the hand was healed.

Another time, following a very hard fall, I began to black out after standing for more than a few minutes. It was frightening to go anywhere alone, and help was requested from a Christian Science practitioner. After several weeks passed, there was fear and discouragement on my part because the problem had not yielded. The practitioner kindly but strongly urged me to firm up my conviction in the truth of spiritual being. Simply declaring my true perfection as God's idea, speaking of His love and tender care for me, and knowing that He was the source of my strength and support were not enough. Complete trust in God must be demonstrated by my actions, instead of letting fear and doubt take possession of me.

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March 5, 1979

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