Five days after our second child was born, my husband found...

Five days after our second child was born, my husband found our two-and-a-half-year-old son at the bottom of our swimming pool. My husband dived in and retrieved him. I called for an emergency service, but by the time they arrived, our son was breathing again. However, the child was unconscious and he was taken to a hospital and put in intensive care.

The next fifteen hours were ones of constant challenge and of spiritual growth. The Christian Science practitioner who had prayed with us during the birth of our baby was called. Her first words, "Divine Love fills all space," were exactly what I needed to hear. They reminded me of a basic teaching of Christian Science— the truth that God's children (including our son) could never be separated from divine Love. Nothing can interfere with Love's ever-present, all-powerful care of its child.

When I was at the hospital with our unconscious son, I spoke to him of how his Father-Mother God, divine Love, loves and cares for him. I remembered that normally at that time in the evening his daddy and I would have been tucking him into his own bed. We would have sung with him several of his favorite hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal, as well as shared together the prayer for little children in Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 400). In a deliberate effort to maintain our normal bedtime routine, I sang and spoke to him. When I finished, I said goodnight just as I would have if he had been at home and assured him I would see him in the morning.

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October 24, 1988

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