By the way of introducing this testimony, this past fall, I served as a coach for the high school football team at the school where I teach. On our team were a brother (a senior) and his younger sister (a junior), I had known them both and worked with them over the past several years.
During a football game, there was a long stoppage of play. When I looked up, a player was down on the far side of the field. I began to pray, as I headed across the field, where an array of medical trainers and others were gathered around this boy. The human sense testimony was that the boy had lost consciousness, and while he had regained consciousness, he had pains in his chest. Knowing that the boy had a sibling on the team, I went back to our sideline to get the contact information from the sibling so that I could call the boy’s mother.
When I got back to our sideline, there was another crowd of people surrounding the sibling, who was having difficulty breathing from what people said was a “panic attack”. At this point, I could see the unreality of both claims. Neither picture was true and I didn’t have to believe the panic attack or the claim of injury on the field. This understanding helped me comfort the sibling, settle the sideline situation and go back to the field so the boy could speak on the phone with his mother.
By this time, an ambulance had arrived for the boy and I agreed to ride in the ambulance with the boy. I went back to the sideline and found the sibling completely calm and our team on a knee, praying for their teammate. I reassured the sibling everything would be okay and I felt a strong sense of love that was there. The citation, from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mrs. Eddy, that “Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power” was applicable (192:31).