When I woke up the next morning, mortal mind tried to claim the arm was in pain but I made my protest holding to the spiritual facts of Science and know that “God was the strength of my life” (Psalms 27:1).
A few months before all this happened, I had been doing an in depth study with a passage from Science and Health on page 307, where Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Above error’s awful din, blackness, and chaos, the voice of Truth still calls: ‘Adam where art thou? Consciousness where art thou?’” Many times during the day I would ask myself “consciousness where are you?”
Mrs. Eddy recommends that mother waves off a child’s concerns if she takes a tumble, “Oh, never mind! You’re not hurt, so don’t think you are.” (S&H, p. 154) I have seen the great success with that approach.
Several days later while I was out at a restaurant I grabbed a candleholder to move it out of the way when our dinner plates were brought to the table. As it turned out, the thin metal top of the candleholder was incredibly hot and I instantly felt a sharp, intense burning pain from one of my fingers. I immediately silently affirmed to myself, “I am not hurt!” And I knew that the rest of that treatment (paraphrased from Science and Health, p. 397) required that I “understand the reason why.”
The experiences seem to prove how detailed and precise is grace, which humanly can seem gauzy or merely miraculous. In the same way that the correlative to the “scientific statement of being” is 1 John, what has seemed more clear is that grace is not a happy afterthought or a side benefit but the heart of things, as MBE said about the impetus and impulse of her 1866 discovery. (“Whence came to me…?” S&H 108:1)