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Prayer works!

One night I discovered my cat Snacks had been in a catfight. She had a deep cut on her back and was having trouble walking. I felt worried. So I followed her into my parents' room, where she went to rest. I sat close by her with my Bible and Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy and prayed for her while she slept. (I turned to these books because I know the ideas there help and heal.)

I looked up the ninety-first Psalm and thought about the part where it says, "He shall cover thee with his feathers." I liked that part a lot because it explains that God, divine Love, takes care of everything. Then I noticed that the cat was waking up and there was blood on the nightstand where she'd been sleeping, so I continued to pray. I began to think that because God had made everything spiritual and perfect like Him, in truth there couldn't be any room for anything bad like a cut on my cat Snacks. Then I found the place in Science and Health where Mrs. Eddy gives the spiritual interpretation of each line of the Lord's Prayer. For the line "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil," she says, "And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death." It helped me know that God delivers us from anything bad, so my cat couldn't be hurt. God is all-powerful.

My dad came into the room from putting my sister to bed, and he asked me what I was doing. I explained that I was praying for our cat because she had a cut on her back from a fight. He was glad I was praying. I got ready for bed and I knew God heals.

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August 24, 1992

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