Our twin son and daughter were born prematurely

Our twin son and daughter were born prematurely. We had the prayer of a Christian Science practitioner throughout this experience. At the time of the birth, which occurred in a hospital, the practitioner encouraged my husband and me to maintain as much contact as possible with the children. This we did to the best of our ability.

Two nights after the children were born, unknown to us, the practitioner spent many hours in prayer discounting the beliefs often attached to premature birth. Early the next morning, when one of the hospital nurses checked the nursery, she discovered that our son had turned a very unnatural color and appeared to be passing on. We were notified and, in turn, called the practitioner.

Work in Science was undertaken to establish, as Mary Baker Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 151), that "the blood, heart, lungs, brain, etc., have nothing to do with Life, God." We realized that God was the infant's true Father-Mother, and that nothing could deprive him of his God-given birthright—spiritual perfection.

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February 25, 1980

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