I have a champion Vizsla show dog, who is my loyal companion. Last winter I bred her and joyously awaited the arrival of the litter in nine weeks.
It is common amongst dog breeders to have the mother X-rayed seven to ten days before the delivery date, and this time I felt led to do so. After the X-ray was taken, the veterinarian told me there were five well-developed puppies, but also a sixth that was mainly a head—the body was extremely underdeveloped. She predicted this puppy would be born dead. Immediately I thought, “No! God did not make an underdeveloped anything, and I do not have to accept this verdict.”
I called a Christian Science practitioner for assistance as I prayed about this. She shared with me many wonderful concepts, including that the ideas of God are imperishable. She referred me to page 512 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, where the author states, using Spirit as another name for God, “Spirit blesses the multiplication of its own pure and perfect ideas.” The next day I felt able to continue praying on my own. Three important concepts stayed with me all week:
- Jesus’ words “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21).
- “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord” (Psalms 118:17).
- “Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color” (Science and Health, p. 247).
Knowing that all creatures are of God’s creating, I reasoned that the identity of this puppy was spiritual, not material. I looked at my precious dog and said, “Do you know what’s within you? It’s the kingdom of God.” I told her that the kingdom of God had nothing within it that was not whole, complete, and perfect in every way.
All the other puppies had been developing perfectly. So, I also reasoned that since “Spirit blesses the multiplication of its own pure and perfect ideas,” Spirit was blessing this dear one also. And one spiritual idea does not take from another; there is enough nourishment for all.
Then, as I thought of that statement from Psalms, I realized that this puppy could not die but would live, and in so doing “declare the works of the Lord.” Finally, as I read over what Mrs. Eddy writes about beauty in the statement quoted earlier, I realized that this dear puppy, as a spiritual idea of God, right at that moment reflected and expressed true, perfect form—that the outline of her being was solid and strong and colorful.
I prayed with these concepts all week. Nine days later the six puppies were born. One was considerably smaller than the others but complete in every way. When I called to make an appointment with the vet for the first regular puppy checkup, the receptionist, knowing what the X-ray had revealed, hesitantly asked me how many puppies there were. I confidently replied, “Six!”
At the appointment the vet did an extra examination of this slightly smaller puppy. She proclaimed all the puppies to be in excellent health. Within three days I was no longer able to identify which of the puppies had been the little one. As they continued to grow over the next eight weeks, one puppy was slightly smaller than the others, but was equal to all the puppy play, and actually initiated most of the rough stuff. She had two more required vet checks and passed with flying colors. She has the best show quality of the litter. While I can’t be absolutely sure she is the one that was born smaller, I strongly suspect it.
The Bible states, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them” (Genesis 2:1). In spiritually interpreting this verse, Mrs. Eddy writes, “Thus the ideas of God in universal being are complete and forever expressed, for Science reveals infinity and the fatherhood and motherhood of Love” (Science and Health, p. 519). This dear puppy is complete, whole, and strong, and expresses her true, complete, and perfect identity as a creation of God.
Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
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