When faced with emergencies, I am learning to understand...

When faced with emergencies, I am learning to understand that man, under God's jurisdiction, cannot be defenseless or subjected to accident. Rather, these moments are opportunities that promote spiritual progress!

One time when my husband and I, together with another couple, were driving on a freeway, we turned onto an exit ramp just as the car ahead of us ran over a four-by-six-foot post. Instantly the post became a projectile aimed straight at the driver's window. I suddenly heard myself shout "No!" In that moment I felt God's love, presence, and protection with us all. The fence post suddenly changed direction, it only grazed the car and removed the rearview mirror. As a result of this experience, I realized that a spiritually active thought—the consciousness of the presence of God's allness and total goodness—cannot be hypnotized by fear. Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears."

I'd like to tell of a physical healing for which I am extremely grateful. I had climbed on a chair to reach the handle of an attic ladder which was recessed in the ceiling. I fell to the floor and hit my back on the corner of a counter. The pain was intense, but I sat quietly and affirmed that God was in control and that His man is upright, whole, and complete as the spiritual reflection of God. I declared that nothing but the truth of God and man is present. After a few moments of this silent prayer, I was able to stand and go about my tasks. This verse from the Bible was so helpful: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

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March 15, 1993

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