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Protected from explosion

From the November 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal


One warm summer day at our home in the desert, we were preparing for a swimming party for my son. But first, according to our usual pattern, the children and I sat down and read the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly. When we were through with the Lesson, I asked the children if any of them had a favorite book in the Bible. My oldest daughter, who was twelve, answered, “Oh yes, the book of Psalms.” She quoted two of her favorite verses: “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me” (Psalms 138:8) and “The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore” (Psalms 121:8). I told her how grateful we could be for the Truth and for her wisdom in choosing these passages.

After that, I went outside to check on how our pool man was doing. He was struggling to put the pool filter back into place. The filter looked like a large kettle turned sideways, and he was having difficulty getting the two sides of the stainless steel filter back together, as the pressure inside it was building. In those days, once all the pressure built up in a typical pool filter, over 6,000 pounds of force could be exerted. I knelt near the filter and just knew there was only one Mind (God) governing the situation and that divine intelligence was guiding him.

An angel thought came to me to back away from the filter, but I was so engrossed in my prayers that I didn’t move. A minute later my youngest daughter came out to the patio and said, “Mom.” I stood up, turned to her, and asked, “What is it, dear?” At that moment the filter exploded with tremendous force. One half of the heavy steel filter with tons of water hit me and threw me backward. Immediately those two verses from Psalms came to me: “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me,” and “The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth and even forever more.” I caught myself and did not fall. Each verse came as a full sentence, just as my pool man, who was unharmed, exclaimed, “Are you all right? Are you all right?” Immediately I said, “I’m all right. I’m all right.”

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