Ever since September 1, 1923, when the disaster of earthquake...

Ever since September 1, 1923, when the disaster of earthquake and fire visited Japan, I have desired to express my sincere thanks to God, our heavenly Father, for His care and presence during that day and the days following; also to our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, for teaching us the way to realize His presence and care as well as protection.

I was sitting alone at the time of the earthquake in a motor car which was standing in a narrow business street before a four-story building. The shock was terrific, and the falling of buildings almost simultaneous with the shock. The building nearest me did not fall, but shed large broken stones from the top and sides. The rear seat of the car was filled with them, but none fell in the front seat where I was. I was struck, however, with the cover on my forehead and shoulder, and was stunned somewhat. At first, a sense of death presented itself to me; then the larger sense of Life. I declared aloud, "God is my Life," over and over; and a peace and absence of fear came over me which never left me. Five hours were spent standing in the sea, where we were driven to escape the fire. We were then picked up by a launch, and transferred to three steamers before reaching Kobe on the morning of the fourth, where we met Christian Science friends. I am happy to say that there were no bad effects felt, such as fatigue and soreness, although the evidence of the blow on my forehead was temporarily apparent.

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