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SAFE IN THE GULF
I was recently swimming in the Gulf of Mexico when I suddenly felt something like seaweed brush against my upper arm, and experienced what felt like a bite or sting. At the time, I just brushed the incident aside, hoping that nothing had happened.
But very soon, while I was still swimming, my arm began to tighten and feel strange. As a student of Christian Science, I responded by denying that there had been a moment when I'd been separated from God's loving presence out there in the water. I began to pray a constant stream of metaphysical truths about my spiritual wholeness and immunity from danger, as God's loved child. It came to me that it was necessary to keep doing this for as long as it took for the effects from the sting to dissipate.
Although, initially, I didn't have complete confidence that this approach would be effective, that didn't deter me from getting started. I'd learned before that healing was about realizing God's supremacy and control, and not necessarily relying on my own personal efforts. I had to resist the temptation to believe anything untoward had happened to disturb or harm my being. Two specific fears that cropped up were that the bite might have been poisonous, and that I might experience paralysis. At that point, I thought it prudent to get out of the water.
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BLESSINGS ALL AROUND
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'RUN WITH ME, GRANDMA!'
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THE PROMISE OF CONTINUOUS RENEWAL
LOVING MY NEIGHBOR
DIANA PAUL BORT
SAFE FROM PLAGUES
'I WALK WITH LOVE TODAY'
PAINFUL TOOTH PERMANENTLY HEALED
SAFE IN THE GULF