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Hockey, Page 468, and Me

From the February 5, 1977 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


I was eight years old when I started to play ice hockey on Friday nights. But one Friday at school I suddenly didn't feel well. My teacher, Miss Pardini, said I could call my mom. I went to the office and called. My mom came and picked me up. Many other kids were absent that day also.

When I got home I went to bed, and Mom gave me a book of children's stories reprinted from the Christian Science Sentinel to read. After reading some of the stories I got the book by Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health. You probably know what is on page 468—"the scientific statement of being." It begins: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all."

Mom and I talked about the whole statement, sentence by sentence, and I saw that at the end it says, "Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual." So I learned that I am spiritual and immortal. "Spiritual" means not made of decaying matter but the substance of God, Spirit. "Immortal" means that we are forever ideas of God, not dying mortals. So nothing can touch us that is not good.

That night I was supposed to go to my grandparents before the hockey game. I was going to help them with some heavy work they had to do. I felt better and decided to go. I told them I was still thinking about being spiritual. When we got back I felt perfectly well.

I got to go to my hockey game.

This showed me the way God heals.

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