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Radical reliance on Truth heals
“Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized,” Mary Baker Eddy writes on page 167 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She also states on page 261, “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.”
Some years ago, I was called upon to prove the truth of those statements. One afternoon, as I was driving home, I approached a school bus in the oncoming lane that was signaling to stop to let children off. As I was applying my brakes, the driver of the car behind me crashed into the rear of my car with such force that my car was pushed into the front of the school bus, bounced backward, and then landed on the opposite side of the road. Thankfully, no one was injured on the school bus, but I was knocked unconscious and seriously injured.
Because there were many cars along the route, a lot of people had witnessed the accident and stopped to help. Among them was a medical nurse, who came immediately to my side to offer aid. As I regained consciousness, I realized she was making arrangements for me to be taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital. Although I wasn’t totally coherent, I strongly voiced that I wished to rely on God for healing and did not want to be transported to the hospital. I also expressed concern about my two younger children, who would soon be arriving home from grade school and would have no way to get into our locked house without my being there. Since this occurred before cellphones were widely used, there wasn’t a way to contact my husband, who was on the road and not due home for an hour or so.
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Donna Matteson and her husband Jerry live in Portland, Oregon.