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When a small child just...

From the September 1993 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When a small child just starting kindergarten, I was vaccinated against my mother's wishes. I became very ill, unable to retain food, and extremely lethargic. My mother was very frightened because of the length of time these side effects continued. The thought came to her to contact a Sunday School teacher I'd had in our former town. We did not have a telephone at the time, and it was necessary for her to go out to make the call. After requesting the prayers of this man, who was a Christian Science practitioner, my mother came home to find me already sitting up in bed, wanting something to eat. I had been healed instantaneously.

These beautiful words from the ninety-first Psalm were constantly in my thought during the years of raising our own children: "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways" (verses 9-11).

We saw many proofs of God's constant care in our family. I would like to share a few healings that were outstanding. After church one Sunday, I was holding our baby son at the dinner table. He bounced forward, grabbed a cup, and threw it up in the air. Hot coffee came down all over his face and my arm. He was screaming, and the family was very disturbed. I took the baby in my arms and left the room, shutting the door so that we could be alone. I began singing hymns and declaring this child's spiritual relationship to God. I did not allow myself to become engrossed with his physical appearance. After I'd prayed for about ten minutes, I realized he had stopped crying. I also was free of any pain in my arm. When I looked down at the little face, there was not a mark on it.