Never out of Life's embrace

This is adapted from a comment originally posted on JSH-Online in response to a testimony in the Sentinel:Prayer heals injured thumb” (May 22, 2000, p. 23).

I was on my way home from work after a night shift when a car pulled across the road in front of my motorcycle. It was so sudden that I had no room to stop and no chance to alter my course. In the collision I was thrown over the handlebars, wrenching my right thumb.

Years later, I started to study Christian Science and found this sentence: “Under divine Providence there can be no accidents, since there is no room for imperfection in perfection” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 424).

I wondered how to understand that in relation to my thumb, which had given me some pain in colder weather since the accident. I remembered reading a newspaper article at work on the night of the accident that discussed how many hours of sleep were lost because of noisy motorcycles. I also remembered that on my way home I had concentrated particularly on keeping the noise to a minimum. I now realized that my effort to be considerate of others was an expression of love, a right motive that did not deserve to be punished. I saw that I had always been in God’s care, and had never been out of Life’s protective embrace. The thumb stopped aching and has never troubled me in the 30 years that have since passed.

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