One Wednesday evening a few months ago, I was at home practicing the readings for that night's testimony meeting at my local Christian Science branch church. As First Reader, I regularly take some quiet time before each service to review the passages I've prepared from the Bible and Science and Health.

As I was practicing, my eye suddenly began to itch, and I rubbed it without thinking. Immediately, this eye began to feel very uncomfortable and irritated. When I looked in the mirror, I saw a blister had formed, which made it very difficult to see and to keep my eye open. Because I was supposed to read at church in about two hours, I became concerned about whether I should call a substitute and whether or not this person would even have enough time to get ready for the meeting.

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