While working as a maintenance supervisor in a large petrochemical...

While working as a maintenance supervisor in a large petrochemical plant, I arranged for time off one day to take my wife and children shopping in a nearby city. I made a mental note to fill the tank of the car, as it was low on gas. With this in mind, I ate a hurried lunch and we left for the city. But in our haste, I forgot to fuel up.

After we completed the shopping I remembered the empty tank, and wondered if we could make it even the half-block to the nearest service station. At that point one, and then the other, of our children began to complain of stomach pains. My wife started to pray for them. But soon she was having the same symptoms herself. This appeared to be food poisoning, and the thought came that, as I had eaten a half-hour later than they had, I could expect the same problem in thirty minutes.

Although we had been studying Christian Science for only a short time, I knew that this thought was a mental suggestion, and not a law of God. If God did not support it, the thought could not interfere with my ministering to the needs of my family. A statement that came to me right then, which I had read in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, was "Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself" (p. 385). I drove the family home, praying in the way I had begun learning to pray. I denied spiritual reality to sickness and declared the presence of God, who fills all space with His harmony. I knew that nothing inharmonious could exist within this omnipresent harmony.

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