My wife and I were having an idyllic vacation in beautiful Hawaii...

My wife and I were having an idyllic vacation in beautiful Hawaii when I suffered a mishap in the swimming pool. I heard my knee crack and felt the resulting pain. Struggling out of the pool, I asked my wife, who is a dedicated, second-generation Christian Scientist, to help me know the truth, as I'd just injured my knee. She commenced voicing spiritual truths familiar to both of us from years of study. Too miserable to absorb what she was saying, I recommended she quietly pray for me rather than talk to me.

At that point I thought of three possible courses of action: (1) Report the accident to the hotel manager. (2) Have a doctor set the knee. (3) Call a Christian Science practitioner. I decided to do none of these but to rely instead on my own understanding of Christianly scientific metaphysics, backed by the moral and spiritual help of my wife.

The well-memorized "scientific statement of being" on page 468 of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy proved all-important here. It begins: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all." To me the key word was "substance." I knew that because there is no substance in matter, my true support lay in the understanding of my inviolable safety as God's ever-cared-for spiritual idea, held securely in His tender but strong embrace. This truth of my perfect nature would tear away mortal mind's foundation by exposing its lie that I could be a material, and therefore vulnerable, human being.

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October 27, 1980

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