First Church of Christ, Scientist, State College
(Christian Science)

Burn Healed


While taking hot cooked cereal out of the microwave, I spilled it on my fingers. I condemned myself for being so stupid. It was quite hot, and the area around my wedding ring quickly became red and blistered.  I removed the ring.  The thought came to pray.  Then I thought: "This is a small thing--I can just tough it out and deal with the pain in other ways, such as forgetting about it and ignoring it."

Then I recognized this as a false suggestion that some problems are too serious to pray about and others are too small to pray about.    At that point I did reach out to God, divine Love.  I realized that the burn wasn't the problem, but that the condemnation of myself was what needed healing.

God, Good, created all and He could only make that which is good. Condemnation isn't good so He could not have made it. Since God didn't make it, it just ISN'T.

The burn and the condemnation were lies, no more true than 5+5= 7. I cleaned up the counter, oven, and floor, and chuckled to myself that they had needed cleaning anyway! I put my ring back on and in several hours all evidence of the incident was gone.

Some might say that having a high pain threshold and time would have had the same effect.  But I feel blessed to have approached this problem with prayer because it gave me a little more insight into the fact that God never made condemnation and that no problems are too big or too small for God.  A six foot high zero has no more validity than a six inch zero. "There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."  (Romans 8:1)

L. E. Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, United States
An "Adam and Eve" Moment

Part of the job I had a while back was doing the dining room laundry.  There were burgundy linens and white linens.  Only the white ones got bleached. One day, I was in a hurry and by mistake I put bleach in the burgundy wash. While folding the linen some time later, I discovered that some burgundy linens had been bleached out.

My first reaction was to hide the ruined linens, put them in the bottom of the pile so no one would find them, and if someone did find them, there would be no one to blame. My second reaction, a better one, was to call the director and tell her what I had done. When I called her, she wasn't upset; she said just to put them aside and they would be used as spare cloths.

That night, when I was thinking about this incident, I thought of Adam and Eve. In this myth, Adam and Eve were told not to eat of a particular tree, but they did anyway. After doing this, their reaction was to feel shame. Then they discovered that they were naked and they hid themselves. When God asked, "Where are thou?", He made them acknowledge the truth about what they had done.

Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 461:26-27:  "To prove scientifically the error or unrealit of sin, you must first see the claim of sin, and then destroy it." So I needed to acknowledge that I had made a mistake, then set about correcting it, and then move forward.

That weekend we had the grandchildren over for dinner and had an excellent discussion about this incident.

I love the fact that Christian Science encourages us to see our errors, correct them, and then allow God to show us what to do. Then we can progress.

Celia Nygard

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