I have been associated with Christian Science since an aunt took...

I have been associated with Christian Science since an aunt took me to a Christian Science Sunday School at the age of four. Because my parents were not interested in studying this teaching, it was in the Sunday School that I learned the spiritual truths which enabled me to rely on God for guidance in resolving all types of problems—in health, human relationships, and business activities. When I left the Sunday School at age twenty, I joined The Mother Church and a branch Church of Christ, Scientist.

I would like to share two healings that helped me grow spiritually. One Thursday some years ago, on entering an office, I slipped on the polished floor and fell through a closed glass door, cutting my forehead severely. Afterward I declined the medical aid offered, as I wanted to rely on Christian Science, which has always been my desire and practice. However, because of workers' compensation laws, I was requested by a director of the company to go to a local hospital. This request I complied with. During this time I held to the truth of my identity as a perfect child of God, knowing that, in reality, I had never been injured.

After about two hours, the staff of the hospital I had gone to told me they could not stop the bleeding, and that they would need to give me various injections to do so. I said that I did not want the injections because as a Christian Scientist I relied on God for healing. I was then told that, according to the law, I had to have medical treatment. I pointed out that I only had to be examined, not have treatment. They persisted, and eventually I said that if they could show me in writing where the law states that I had to have medical treatment, then I would abide by this law. This they could not do. Finally they conceded. A nurse then phoned a Christian Science practitioner for me, giving him brief details of the injury. Naturally, help through prayer was given immediately. By the time the nurse returned to tell me she had made the phone call, the bleeding had stopped, and the wound was closing. The only medical aid given was stitches.

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August 22, 1983

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