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'Be still, and know that I am God'

From the May 2005 issue of The Christian Science Journal

After offering to host an open house for a family friend, I quickly began feeling the stress of too much to do. I haven't done a lot of entertaining and was concerned about my abilities as a hostess—not to mention the shortage of prep time. So in an attempt to keep things under control, I outlined a schedule that needed to be followed precisely.

The party was scheduled for Sunday. On Friday afternoon, as I was pouring boiling water from an electric teakettle into a pitcher, the pitcher exploded, sending glass and boiling water down my front. My legs were badly burned.

The pain was intense, and I saw the weekend and my schedule falling apart right before my eyes. In these kinds of situations, I'm used to turning to God. I've found that He is "a very present help in trouble," as it says in the Bible (Ps. 46:1). And this doesn't just mean comfort, it means healing. But in this situation, I didn't feel up to praying by myself, so I called a Christian Science practitioner for help.