In my late teens I was tobogganing downhill with some...

In my late teens I was tobogganing downhill with some friends when we hit a large tree at high speed. I was in front, and my leg was lacerated and there was a loud snap. When I regained consciousness, I was in extreme pain and bleeding profusely. The bone did not come through the flesh, but it appeared broken. I could not move my leg from the knee down.

I attended a Christian Science Sunday School but, like some others, had never made this Science my own. My childhood problems had been minor ones worked out by my parents. Now I had to make an immediate choice for myself—go to a hospital and receive medical treatment or turn to God in prayer and rely completely on His healing power. I chose the latter and immediately began to ponder the Lord's Prayer and "the scientific statement of being" found in Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy (see p. 468).

My friends took me home. While driving we sang hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal. I particularly remember No. 51, which begins, "Eternal Mind the Potter is,/And thought th' eternal clay," as being especially helpful. It states the true nature of man and his spiritual relationship to God. By the time I reached home the pain and bleeding had completely stopped.

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Letters to the Press
April 9, 1979

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