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The day before we were to leave for my wife's Christian Science...

The day before we were to leave for my wife's Christian Science Students Association meeting (a trip of about 875 miles), I began to get the car ready. As I proceeded to clean the trunk of the car, I took out a box of tools. But afterward, upon bending over, I felt such intense pain I could hardly straighten up. The first thought that came to mind was that in God's kingdom there are no accidents or pain; that is, accidents have no reality. I finished the preparations as quickly as possible, finding it quite difficult to move. Then I put the car away and went indoors to rest.

That week, the Bible Lesson outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly was "Mortals and Immortals." A thought that served to comfort me and brought the light of understanding was the Golden Text from Colossians (2:8): "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Pondering this enabled me to turn to God and reject the human beliefs that the pain would last several days, that tranquilizers were needed, that I could get worse, and all the etceteras that false belief interposes at such times.

Also, this prayerful work was reinforced by studying this passage from our textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy (p. 409): "The real man is spiritual and immortal, but the mortal and imperfect called 'children of men' are counterfeits from the beginning, to be laid aside for the pure reality." I knew that I, in my real being as an idea of God, was, am, and always will be totally spiritual.

September 5, 1983

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