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I am a long-distance bicycle rider and competitor
I am a long-distance bicycle rider and competitor. I was raised in Christian Science and was taught always to depend on the law of God for my safety and care. Eventually I learned that a real dependence on divine law requires prayer rather than the simple recollection of words. And, with effective prayer, the results are sure.
One particular morning I started out on a very long training ride, wearing a helmet because of the length of the trip. As I left home, these words of Mrs. Eddy, the Founder of Christian Science, came to thought: "Always bear in mind that His presence, power, and peace meet all human needs and reflect all bliss" (Miscellaneous Writings). I had been studying this passage during the week as I prayed for our children. I was about to see a vivid example of this divine presence and power.
At one point, as I stopped for a red light, I noticed the smell of diesel fuel. When the light turned green, I started riding up a hill on the other side of the intersection—fast, to make up the time spent stopped at the light. Going down the hill and around a curve, in excess of twenty miles per hour, the bike went out of control, sliding through spilled diesel oil until it reached the end of the slippery area. Since my shoes were attached to the bike pedals, I couldn't release them to regain my balance. Quite suddenly, the bike and I were flipped toward the side of the road.
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Being the child
Joan Sieber Ware
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Allison W. Phinney, Jr.
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