At one point many years ago I had been living under difficult...

At one point many years ago I had been living under difficult personal circumstances, with many problems. My home was in the desert of the southwestern United States. Late one hot evening while my two small children were cooling off in a plastic swimming pool in the courtyard of the house, a bobcat approached them. I was doing the dishes in the kitchen about fifteen feet away when I saw the animal. Taking a small handgun that my husband had given me for protection, I went out to fire what I thought would be a warning shot into the air. The gun exploded in my hand.

Neighbors ran over and called one of the two doctors in our small town. I went inside, wrapped the hand in a kitchen towel, and called a Christian Science practitioner. (I had spoken to her only briefly some weeks before when I had first turned to Christian Science for the healing of one of my children, who had suffered from asthma. The complete healing took place overnight, and I began study of the Bible and of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.) I told the practitioner what had happened to my hand, and she said that she would pray for me.

April 18, 1988
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