Effects of injury eliminated

When my youngest son was about three, we were living in southern Ohio. Our nearest neighbor was a half mile away, and we had no telephone. My son was inadvertently hit in the throat with the end of a pick when he got too close to the man using it. I was called and brought him into the house, where his siblings and I sang hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal to comfort him while we prayed. The bleeding stopped. In less than an hour he went back out to play. There was never any scar.

Early one Sunday morning a few months ago I found that our two dogs had a cat up a tree on our property. The cat was friendly and came down the tree to me. I took it to the gate and put it out. Then I put the leashes on the dogs to take them to the house. The cat came back onto our property and the chase began anew! I was so angry with the cat for coming back on the property and with the dogs for not responding to my commands that I was not alert to know that God was in control of this situation. I lost hold of the leashes and found myself on the hard ground, landing on my right arm and shoulder. The pain was severe, but I got up knowing that I would be able to do what I needed to that morning.

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Unafraid to talk with others about prayer
May 4, 1998

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