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From the June 2006 issue of The Christian Science Journal

SOME YEARS AGO, as I was stepping off an open-air elevator called a "paternoster," I fell, jamming my thigh between the floor and the lift. My first thought was "God is here and God is my life." This thought came to me because for many years I have trusted this statement from Science and Health: "God is infinite, the only Life, substance, Spirit, or Soul, the only intelligence of the universe, including man" (p. 330). I knew I could rely on His presence and power to sustain and protect me.

It was reassuring to be conscious of God's presence, as the situation seemed alarming. Realizing that divine Life was holding me in perfect harmony helped calm my fear.

Nevertheless, I was in some panic and was concerned about whether or not I would lose my leg. But as I lay there, I recalled another passage from Science and Health: "Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are properties of Mind" (p. 124). Still pinned between the paternoster and the floor. I thought about the ideas in this statement.