"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.

The next day I left with my dad on a trip we had been planning for my school vacation. We studied the Bible Lesson together every day. One passage from the Bible that we talked about is from Ephesians (2: 10): "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." We studied the definition of God on page 587 of Science and Health, and also the answer Mrs. Eddy gives to the question "What is man?" (ibid., pp. 475-477).

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June 23, 1980

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