No ‘smell of fire’

I was playing capture the flag at camp when I fell and injured my knee. I couldn’t walk. I was terrified; nothing like this had ever happened to me before. I had never needed to rely on Christian Science for something this “big” before. 

My brother was very helpful and shared an article with me from The Christian Science Journal (March 1928). It was called “ ‘Nor the smell of fire’ ” by Vera E. Barndollar, and reading it brought me some comfort. The article talks about the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Bible and the way they emerged completely untouched, without even the smell of fire on them, after being thrown into the fiery furnace. The author makes the point that the “smell of fire” can be seen as the belief that something awful happened to us, and that an understanding of God’s presence and power helps remove any lingering belief that we’ve been through something difficult or painful. 

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