An expectancy of good—its importance in healing

A young woman was thrown from a car in an automobile accident. She lost consciousness, and without her knowledge, an ambulance carried her to a hospital, where the medical staff determined that she had only a few hours to live. Her skull had been severely fractured; both optic nerves had also been severed.

The woman's parents were notified of the situation, and they immediately got in touch with a Christian Science practitioner. When the parents and the practitioner arrived at the hospital, they learned that some stitches had been taken but that the doctors felt there was nothing more that could be done. Again the parents were told that their daughter had only a short time to live.

Although she was still not conscious at this point, the young woman was heard to be repeating a verse from the Bible. It was Christ Jesus' statement recorded in the Gospel of John, "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me." John 11:41.

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You can be your own practitioner
August 27, 1984

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