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Scalded hand quickly healed

From the May 2020 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I was housesitting for one of my former Sunday School teachers, and the kitchen sink had a feature I wasn’t used to. There were several taps—not only the main tap for hot and cold water, but also a couple on the side for soap and boiling water.

One morning I accidentally put my hand under the boiling water tap instead of the one for soap, scalding my fingers with hot water. The pain was intense. Immediately I whipped my hand behind my back so I wouldn’t be tempted to inspect it. I knew from a lifetime of studying Christian Science that it isn’t helpful to examine flawed matter. 

At first I berated myself for this absent-minded mistake. But as I quickly turned my thought from the incident and began to pray, it occurred to me that Mind—one of seven synonyms for God—could never be absent. Regardless of mortal appearances, divine Mind is present every moment, guiding and governing all of its spiritual ideas, including man, in perfect harmony.

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