Eighteen years ago I reached a turning point

Eighteen years ago I reached a turning point. It was the time of our daughter's birth, and the doctors felt that neither one of us could live more than a few weeks. Although we did survive, there were many dire medical predictions outlined for this little girl. I was told that if she lived to grow up, she would be under a severe mental handicap, and that she would be crippled unless I exercised every part of her body. However, I was unable to tend to the exercises because I too suffered from multiple physical problems.

In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy tells us that "'man's extremity is God's opportunity'" (p. 266). As a youngster I had had brief contact with Christian Science. Now I felt guided to Science as my only hope of living long enough to help this child reach adulthood. I learned that God never created imperfection, and that I must see our daughter's true nature as a perfect child of God whenever I looked at her or thought of her. And I needed to apply this standard to myself as well. Through persistent spiritually scientific reasoning, I saw her deformed body gradually straighten. This gave me much encouragement, and I began to feel that if God did this, certainly "with God all things are possible" (Matt. 19:26). Obviously, then, any other problem could be overcome through God's guidance and control.

The gift
August 4, 1980

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