"I asked my mother, 'Why did God make poison oak?'"

One night a friend and I went roller-skating. Someone skating very fast pushed me down, and I landed on my arm. It was very painful. When we got to my house, my mother told me to think only about God, who is Love. She told me that He is protecting, guiding, and directing everyone, everywhere—including the person who pushed me. And she said that I must love this person because he is God's reflection, just as I am.

Then my mother called a practitioner. When I heard her voice over the phone, it was so loving and calm that I began to feel better right away. She recommended an article for children in a recent Sentinel, which my mother read to me. Then Mom read from the Bible and from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. Soon I fell asleep.

June 23, 1980

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