Written acknowledgment of the healing power of...

Written acknowledgment of the healing power of Christian Science in my life is long overdue. In 1963 my father and I were vacationing in Hawaii when I experienced a severe fall that literally flattened my nose against my cheek. At the time I remember thinking that mortal mind would argue that the injury was serious, but I immediately rejected such a belief.

Right at that moment there were workmen about to return to the cottage where we were staying, so I went into a bedroom and began vehemently to affirm the truth of God's, Spirit's, perfection and of my indissoluble unity with that perfection as God's child. I think I understood then more clearly than I ever had before what Mary Baker Eddy means when she admonishes us in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 392): "Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously." When the workmen left, I telephoned a Christian Science practitioner for his support through prayer.

My father, having heard the fall, accepted my assurances (through the bedroom door) that I was all right. He became alarmed, however, when he found my broken eyeglasses on the floor and insisted that I allow him to help me.

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November 3, 1980

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