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BACK TO THE BASKETS
I WAS PLAYING BASKETBALL WITH MY FRIENDS IN physical education class at school. After I threw a pass, I came down on one foot, and I heard a very loud snap in my right ankle. When I realized I couldn't move it, I was frightened, and I asked a classmate to help me to a bench on the sidelines. I didn't feel any pain in my ankle at that time.
With the help of my friends, who carried my books and helped me around, I was able to attend the rest of my classes. But by the end of the day my ankle was very painful, and I could hardly walk. I prayed to God that I would be able to get home. A friend went with me, and when we got there, I told my mom what had happened. She began praying, too. My mom and I knew that even though my ankle didn't look good, the spiritual fact was that God is perfect and I was His daughter, and that His perfection was reflected in me.
When my dad got home, the pain was intense, and I couldn't walk at all. That evening my parents took me to a hospital to get X-rays, which showed I had broken my ankle. My leg was put in a cast right up to my knee. The doctor told me I should rest in bed for at least a month, and he asked me to come back in three weeks for a checkup. I remember thinking about this sentence in Science and Health: "Under divine Providence there can be no accidents, since there is no room for imperfection in perfection" (p. 424). My parents and I knew that God does not let accidents happen, or cause them, and that He created me perfect and maintained me that way.
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Joana Fonseca Rivera is a sixteen-year-old high-school student in Jalisco, Mexico.
with contributions from ANDREW WILSON, KAREN KLING, AVENEL M. HUME, DAVID K. MARTIN
SUZANNE SMEDLEY, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Karen Rivedal, Irvine O. Hockaday, Jr., Christie Storm, Ashley Lawson
ROADMAP FOR THE RISING GENERATION
THE SPIRITUAL GENERATION
Sara Hoagland Hunter
LETTING THEIR LIGHT SHINE
BACK TO THE BASKETS
Joana Fonseca Rivera
3 DEGREES OF SEPARATION
CAN WE EVER BE SAFE?
FINDING COMFORT IN INFINITE LOVE
SIGNIFICANT OTHER, OR SIGNIFICANT ONE?
EVERYONE COULD USE SOME BLESSING
ON THE WINGS OF PRAYER
PRAYER IN A DENTAL EMERGENCY
FAST PAIN RELIEF