Our daughter’s freedom

Our three-year-old daughter was happily dancing with her babysitter in the other room, when all of a sudden, she began to cry and came to me for comfort. She told me that her hand hurt and she couldn’t move it. I held her in my lap and si­lently prayed for her, then I talked with her about her goodness and safety and how much God loved her. I carried her to the couch, and she lay down for a nap.

This was Saturday evening, and I was scheduled to serve as Second Reader at church the following morning. My husband and I would of course give our daughter the best care, but we also knew that no erroneous suggestion could keep me from serving God. I had been deeply studying the Christian Science Bible Lesson all week to prepare for the Sunday service, and I felt as though I was on the mountaintop. I trusted that we could fully address this situation through prayer.

After my daughter woke up from her nap, we prayed together. I explained that she could think of glorifying God when she danced and that God actually made her to glorify Him—nothing could stop that expression. Freedom was her divine right, and she was safe in right activity, including dancing. We opened up our prayer to include all of God’s children and saw that everyone is free and safe from harm. My daughter was receptive to these ideas.

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