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We are most grateful to God for His care of us and our home during the terrible months of August to November, 1940. All through September there were three to five raids a day, and all night the planes roared overhead. Several families asked for help for those times, so we took our Bible, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and the Christian Science Hymnal with us to a quiet corner and worked, and as each machine went over, comforting messages from the books came into thought, and we looked them up to find the whole passage.

One night no words came, but I found myself humming a tune. I turned to my daughter and asked, "What tune is this?" She did not know, but turned to the list of tunes in the Hymnal and was guided to try one of them, and it was the one. Bombs were falling around, and there was the rattle of broken masonry close by, but in that hymn we found words just for that moment's need.

We wondered at our own serenity brought about by the truth in that hymn, and we look back with reverent gratitude for the peace in that and other nights of clamor and distraction. Twenty-eight houses were down around us, four huge craters behind and before, and at the top and bottom of our road. The houses on both sides had been struck by fire bombs, and ceilings were down or windows smashed. A fire bomb also fell on a lawn some seventy or eighty feet away in our garden, but the only damage to our house was external. All around us no one was killed and only one injured, and neighbors expressed wonder at the escape of our home from any inside damage. We know that Christian Science has been our protection from harm.

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The Temple
September 11, 1943

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