First Reader healed in church

As First Reader in my branch Church of Christ, Scientist, I not only prepare to conduct the principal part of the service, but I also pray for the service—that it meet the needs of all congregants. I have found a poem titled “The Reader Prays” (Grace K. Sticht, Christian Science Sentinel, March 29, 1947) most inspirational, and I often pray with it before a service.

One Sunday as I was at the desk (or lectern) reading from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy in the next-to-last section of the Bible Lesson-Sermon, suddenly it felt as if my whole body were on fire, and I was instantly soaked in sweat. My reading became faint as I felt I was losing consciousness. An alert church member stepped forward to the platform to take my place. I sank gratefully into a front-row seat. 

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