Healed after a chemical burn

This past spring, during my sophomore year of high school, I had an opportunity to put Christian Science into practice in a way that I never had before.

One day during chemistry class, we were doing an experiment that involved holding a flame up to a glass beaker of chemicals. As I was in the middle of this, the beaker exploded an inch or two from my hand, and glass and chemicals were sprayed all over me. I never received a formal diagnosis, but I was told that the wound on my hand included third-degree burns. There were burns on my arm and neck as well.

Almost immediately, I recognized that I needed to be absolutely firm that an accident couldn’t touch my spiritual being. I remember being very clear in my denial of error and affirmation of the truth—that I could never for a moment be separated from God—while I was being taken to the nurses’ office at school. I was very calm and trusted that God was with me. My mom came to pick me up from school very shortly, and we decided together that I would go to the nearby Christian Science nursing facility where Christian Science nurses thoroughly cleaned my hand, arm, and neck, and bandaged everything. I returned there every day, often twice a day. I am very grateful for the loving care I received from the Christian Science nurses there. Their care provided a sense of comfort, as did the spiritual truths I prayed with.

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From the Editors
This day is not your own
March 4, 2013

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