In 2021, my husband and I built a second-story addition to our house to add a new office for my practice of Christian Science healing. The roofers were adding the last tiles to the roof when one of the workers came running for me, gasping that his coworker had just fallen from the top of the roof and landed on his back on the concrete pavers below. I went quickly to him, praying as I usually do according to Christian Science practice—by holding in my thought only what God was seeing about His beloved child.
Immediately I thought about the story of Eutychus in the Bible (see Acts 20:7–12). While Paul preached late into the night, the young man fell asleep and then fell down from the third loft. He was pronounced dead, but Paul went down, embraced him, and said to the people, “Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him,” and Eutychus revived. To me this said that God is man’s Life—that God sustains and maintains His image and likeness.
I also thought of this statement in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “The divine Science of man is woven into one web of consistency without seam or rent” (p. 242). I thought, “All is in one piece, with nothing torn or broken.”