God healed Sparkle

Two years ago, a friend of my mother gave me a two-month-old Labrador puppy. I named her Sparkle. My mother said that I would be the owner of Sparkle. So I would see to her needs, including feeding and bathing her, and also cleaning up after her. One afternoon, while playing outside the house with Sparkle, I noticed that one of her front paws was injured. It was twisted. I felt bad about it. My mom and I prayed that Sparkle is God’s creation. That means that she is made perfect. There are no bad things that can hurt God’s creatures. I learned in Sunday School what we call the five G’s: “God, good, guards, guides, governs.” It means that God is good to us, God guides us, and governs us. And God guards and protects us. It also means that God keeps animals safe. 

At bedtime I prayed for Sparkle. I prayed the kids’ prayer that Mary Baker Eddy wrote for the “Little Children” (Poems, p. 69). Instead of using singular, I used plural. I said:

“Father-Mother God,
Loving [us],—
Guard [us] when [we] sleep;
Guide [our] little feet
Up to Thee.”

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