Our family has enjoyed innumerable blessings through the...

Our family has enjoyed innumerable blessings through the years, and Christian Science has shown me that our Father-Mother God is the source of them all. We've always had all we needed, and sometimes it has come in the most unexpected ways. When my husband retired from his job of twenty-five years, prayer led us step by step into a business of our own in a field completely new to both of us. The business has prospered and also enriched us with new interests and relationships.

I have had many physical healings through the years. Fainting spells, facial wounds sustained in a fall, an arthritic shoulder, and an ugly rash on my arm have all been healed when I steadfastly beheld myself as a beloved child of God.

The experience with the rash was particularly trying, as it spread and persisted for several weeks. My constant prayer was to express purity in every thought and deed and to refuse to be mentally distracted by this physical condition. When it was time for our summer vacation, I was discouraged and distressed that the rash now covered my arm and was quite painful. But I kept praying, and one morning as I sat on the beach studying the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson, a passage from Psalms took on new meaning for me: "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee." Looking around me, I could see sand everywhere—innumerable grains of sand! It gave me a glimpse of infinity to realize that God's love for me was greater than I could begin to imagine. As I continued to rejoice in this new awareness of infinite Love, the rash no longer impressed or distressed me, and in a few days it had completely disappeared.

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April 19, 1993

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