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Scorpion sting healed
When my wife and I were staying with a friend on her ranch in Texas, I had an opportunity to see the practicality of this statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible” (p. 514 ).
I was making up our bed in the morning in her guest room when I suddenly felt a sharp pain in my hand as I tucked in the bedspread. I had been stung by a scorpion that must have crawled up from behind the bed. I quickly withdrew my hand and started to pray. Our friend took the scorpion outside, where it belonged.
Why would I pray at a time like that? I had attended Christian Science Sunday School as a boy, and our family had met many challenges through prayer. As an adult, I have continued to study the Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings, and I strive to put this Science of the Christ into practice. When problems come up, it’s natural for me to start praying as taught in Christian Science.
One of the first things that comes to mind for me when facing a problem is “the scientific statement of being” on page 468 of Science and Health: “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.”
This clear statement reassures me of my purely spiritual nature, which can’t be stung or bitten or hurt in any way. While I was praying, my wife and my friend, who are both students of Christian Science, were also praying. Within an hour, the pain subsided and then went away completely. We were able to go on with our planned activities for the day, and I didn’t experience any further discomfort or inconvenience from the sting.
I am grateful for Christian Science and its teaching that God is always right here with us, every moment.
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