A flood of gratitude brings healing

Once I heard an experienced Christian Scientist say that gratitude is a law. I had always known at a simple, grass-roots level what he meant, but the infinite, ever-widening, ever-developing meaning of gratitude was not brought home to me until some years later.

I was living alone in London with my twelve-year-old son, and I had been very earnest in my study of Christian Science. One night, on returning home late from visiting a friend, I saw my bus approaching on the other side of the road. I had started to run across the road when suddenly a car traveling at great speed came toward me. I ran back to the footpath, only to find that the car swerved the same way, trying to miss me. It hit me full force, but as it did, I found myself declaring with great clarity, "This isn't happening!" That instantaneous recognition—based on the spiritual fact of the allness of God, good—undoubtedly saved my life. However, my face was injured.

Gathering the wheat
January 27, 1986

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