Last fall, while I was crossing a highway near my home, I walked...

Last fall, while I was crossing a highway near my home, I walked into the path of a bus and was knocked down to the pavement. Many law officers arrived on the scene. I could not talk right away, but, with my history of successful reliance on Christian Science healing, there was no doubt in my mind as to what course I wanted to take. The officials did not press for action too quickly. They let me get my breath (and I took advantage of the opportunity to pray for myself). When I was able to tell them that I was a Christian Scientist, they assured me that they respected my choice and immediately stopped their medical activity. When my wife came for me, I got up and walked to our car.

Upon arriving home, we called a Christian Science practitioner and asked him if he would assist us with prayer. He agreed, and encouraged us in affirming God's presence and power and the nothingness of any suggestion that matter is substance. We also called a Christian Science nurse to help cleanse and bandage the wounds. She, too, was filled with encouragement. Mrs. Eddy writes in her book Science and Health: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. ... Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual" (p. 468). These lines, which begin and conclude "the scientific statement of being," were our firm declaration in spite of the material evidence of injury and pain. I felt it would be best that I go to a Christian Science sanatorium where Christian Science nursing care was available. Mrs. Eddy instructs us in Science and Health, "Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, and we must leave the mortal basis of belief and unite with the one Mind, in order to change the notion of chance to the proper sense of God's unerring direction and thus bring out harmony" (p. 424).

January 15, 1996

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