Burned hand quickly healed

I had boiled water in an electric tea kettle and was pouring it into a cup, when the water spilled over the hand that held the cup. The pain seemed all-consuming, and I left the dinner preparations to my capable husband while I retired to the study to pray.

I knew from years of experiencing Christian Science healings that the pain was in thought instead of in the hand. A familiar line from Science and Health came to thought: "There is no sensation in matter" (see p. 237). I knew this quotation well. It's in a story about a little girl who, Mrs. Eddy recounts, had "badly wounded her finger." I have always loved the story, because it shows the complete willingness of the little girl to let go of the belief that pain is more powerful than the healing power of God's law. Her faith in what she had been learning about God through Christian Science was so pure that she went "bounding off with laughing eyes" and pointed out that her finger was "not a bit sore."

Empty nest?
August 30, 1999

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