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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February 12, 1990

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