I am very grateful for many proofs of divine protection that have...

I am very grateful for many proofs of divine protection that have come through a clearer understanding of our Father-Mother God as the only power or presence.

One hot summer night, just before retiring, I went for a short wander in the garden, touching some of the greenery. Afterward I happened to rub my eyes, which soon began to water and burn. Before long there were more serious developments, and the pain was extreme. It was worse when I was lying down, and I could not bear to keep my eyes open. Unable to read the Bible or Science and Health, or even to think clearly, I felt a bit nervous. Suddenly, in sharp contrast to all these mortal arguments, I felt comforted and reassured— confident I was not alone because my Father-Mother God was right there with me, loving, caring, and directing me as He had always done. And so I could say as Samuel did (I Sam. 7:12), "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."

Well-loved Bible verses and healing promises from Mrs. Eddy's writings came readily to mind. However, in an hour's time, when I tried to telephone a Christian Science practitioner, I found that I could not see well enough to find or dial the number. Then I became more determined not to be fooled by error, and I prayed specifically and more vehemently. That week's Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly on the subject "Reality" had been especially inspiring to me. Several of the statements I'd memorized from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy sprang to mind and helped me see that this condition was an illusion trying to appear as reality. One paragraph in particular commences (p. 261): "Detach sense from the body, or matter, which is only a form of human belief, and you may learn the meaning of God, or good, and the nature of the immutable and immortal." The marginal note beside this paragraph is "Immutable identity of man"! The aggravating symptoms remained, but somehow I now seemed uninterested in and untouched by them, and I continued to work and pray calmly.

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August 24, 1981

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