My expression of gratitude for the healing power of God as revealed...

My expression of gratitude for the healing power of God as revealed in Christian Science is long overdue. Although I am a third-generation Christian Scientist, I did not grasp the practicality of this teaching until I had class instruction from a devoted Christian Science teacher. Through the years I have had many proofs of God's care, but the following two really stand out as exceptional.

In the summer between my junior and senior years in high school, we had a severe storm with lots of rain. Our basement was flooded, and I was trying to get things off the floor so that they would not get soaked. My mother always did her own dry cleaning with cleaning fluid, and it was stored under the basement steps along with other things. Though the lights were on, I couldn't see too well, so I asked for a couple of matches. As I lit one and picked up a can of cleaning fluid, it exploded. There were flames all around me. I was severely burned on both hands, my face, and one leg.

We immediately called a Christian Science practitioner, but because of the storm, the phone connection was very poor. The practitioner knew someone needed help but could not tell who it was or the nature of the trouble. Yet she went right to work, acknowledging the perfection and unity of God and man, and affirming that there are no accidents in the divine Mind.

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May 2, 1983

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