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Improving Your Teaching (Part II)

From the September 1975 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A pupil in a Tacoma, Washington, Sunday School came one Sunday in much discomfort from a sliver of wood imbedded under a fingernail. Her classmates sympathetically offered several ideas for removing it by material means, but she rejected them all, saying, "I've tried all those things and it only breaks off."

Then the class turned to this statement in the textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy (p. 463): "A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive." They spent several minutes prayerfully, thoughtfully, trustingly analyzing the meaning of that statement and relating it to the girl's problem. Then they went on with the Sunday School session as usual.

Just before the class was to join in singing the final hymn, the girl banged her hand on the table in front of the teacher and cried, "Here's the sliver!" And there it was, no longer in her finger but worked free. The teacher wrote us, "It was so wonderful, and the voices back pf those shining, thankful faces really 'belted' that hymn!"

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