It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and I was reveling in the activity of the Christ in my life. I arrived at church early to get ready for my Sunday School class and to go up to the chime tower in our church to ring the chimes. The Bible Lesson for that week was “Adam and Fallen Man,” and the final hymn I chose for chiming was number 58 from the Christian Science Hymnal. The first verse ends, “In Thy Spirit living, moving, / We shall neither faint nor fall” (Elizabeth C. Adams, © CSBD).
When I finished, I descended from the chime tower to the balcony. But as I started down the balcony stairs, apparently my heel caught in the hem of my long skirt, and I went down the stairs into the foyer headfirst. I don’t remember the fall but was told about it later.
Two Christian Science nurses who were nearby came to my aid, and one of them got me to the Sunday School building quite a distance away. I don’t remember going to the Sunday School either. When I realized that something unusual was going on, there were four Christian Science nurses surrounding me with love. One was cleaning my wounds. A second was reading to me with such conviction that I knew I was listening to the Word of Truth. A third was praying for the situation while a Christian Science practitioner was being reached, and a fourth was attempting to reach my husband, who is not a Christian Scientist. At that time I was told that I had fallen. It was not lost on me that the Golden Text from the Christian Science Quarterly’s Bible Lesson for that week was “God hath made man upright” (Ecclesiastes 7:29).