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I was helping my mom put siding on a home my folks were...
I was helping my mom put siding on a home my folks were building. Mom was at the top of a ladder, hammering nails into a piece of molding, while I was at the base of the ladder, crouched on the ground, holding the base of the same piece of molding. My face was turned upward, although I had closed my eyes because of falling particles. I heard a cry from Mom just before the hammer hit my forehead and cheekbone.
My mom is a Christian Scientist, and she immediately began to say out loud some spiritual truths. But it seemed imperative for me to listen for what God was telling me, and I asked for quiet. I turned my whole heart to God, and the first sentence of "the scientific statement of being" from Science and Health came to mind. I had some trouble really grasping the meaning of it, and I recall that I even mixed up the words, but I persisted in thinking about the line as I put a few things away and retreated into my parents' trailer to pray.
The suggestion came that I needed to lie down and that my lack of lucidity would preclude my being able to read the Bible Lesson (outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly). But I just reached out to God, and very clearly these words of Christ Jesus' came: "The kingdom of God is within you." I realized I didn't have to reach outside myself to find the answer, that right then and right there I was in truth the perfect image and likeness of God. My thought was flooded with a sense of my oneness with the Father as His image. I prayed to acknowledge and demonstrate qualities that man expresses as the reflection of divine Life, Truth, and Love, including harmony and alertness.
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FROM HAND TO HAND
Prayer that makes a difference
with contributions from Jutta Obrowski, Inge Wöbke, Hans Jürgen Rothe, Meg Rekittke, Klaus Fiedler
The spiritual basis of freedom
Rosalie E. Dunbar
The Shepherd's arms
Sam L. Hornbeak
Our daily joy
FROM THE Directors
The Christian Science Board of Directors
"Uphold me with thy free spirit"
Allison W. Phinney, Jr.
How seriously do we take our prayers and spiritual progress?
Michael D. Rissler
A Couple of weeks after our second child was born, I had a...
Helen Jane Yole with contributions from Charles S. Yole
The following experience became a milestone to me in my...
To participate in athletics in high school I had to have a physical...
William R. Beattie