One evening during a Boy Scout camp-out, I...

One evening during a Boy Scout camp-out, I was playing chase with my friends. It was a cold night, so there was a campfire burning. As I was running, I looked back at my friends and suddenly tripped over a log and fell into the fire. My arm was in the fire, but I was able to push myself out.

One of my first thoughts at that moment was that God was right there with me. I clung to this truth: "There are no accidents in God's kingdom." My body wasn't burned (much to the amazement of the others present), but one wrist and hand appeared to be badly burned.

My Scout leader and some other men (fathers of some of the boys) were upset and wanted to take me home immediately. They said that a doctor should be called at once. They also wanted to put medication on my hand, but I told them that I was a Christian Scientist and did not take medication; I relied on God for healing. I assured them that I would be all right and told them I wanted to stay at the camp-out.

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August 13, 1984

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