About six years ago I became very discouraged about my...

About six years ago I became very discouraged about my sporadic growth in understanding and demonstrating Christian Science. I realized that if I wanted consistent spiritual growth, I would have to pray for myself consistently. I committed myself to praying daily. At first it was a temptation to think that I didn't know how to pray, but I reasoned that if I never started even trying to pray, I'd never get good at it. Some days it was easier and inspiration came quickly; other days it seemed harder. But I persisted, convinced of the importance of prayer. Life didn't get any easier. In fact, there were more challenges than ever. But problems weren't piling up the way they had before. I was dealing with them as they came up instead of letting them get to overwhelming proportions before I prayed about them. I began to feel more steady, more able to deal with whatever came along.

One morning as I was riding my moped to work, a car turned directly in front of me, cutting me off, and I ran into it at about thirty miles per hour. My immediate reaction was not fear or unhappiness; instead I saw this as an opportunity to learn more about God. A little later, though, I felt that I needed some help from an experienced "pray-er," so I called a Christian Science practitioner for help. I also called a Christian Science nurse from the visiting nurse service in the area where I lived. A short time later, the nurse arrived at my workplace and drove me home.

At home, we were met by another Christian Science nurse, who had come to assist the first one. Together they bandaged my knee, which appeared to be seriously injured. As they worked, I began to feel as though I were going to lose consciousness. One nurse called the practitioner and told her this. Very soon the feeling disappeared.

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June 16, 1986

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