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Close to God in Australia

From the May 2002 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In March Of Last Year, I was praying about a vacation I'd planned in Australia. As part of my prayer, I thought deeply about Psalm 139, especially the assurance that "if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." Since "the uttermost parts of the sea" seemed to describe my destination perfectly, the passage was especially meaningful to me.

The first day I was in Australia, a friend and I were walking along one of the main streets in downtown Melbourne. Suddenly, I stumbled. I felt as if I were falling in slow motion, but there seemed to be nothing I could do to stop it. I hit the ground with such force that my glasses were knocked off. I slid across the sidewalk, ending up lying prone.

I grabbed my glasses, scrambled to my feet, and assured my friend that I was all right. We continued walking. Soon, however, I felt that I had pulled something internally. Each time I felt this pain, I immediately turned to divine Love, and silently acknowledged that I was walking "with Love along the way" (see Christian Science Hymnal, No. 139).

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