A  young woman, a student of Christian Science from the United States, was on her homeward voyage on a passenger freighter. In mid-Atlantic the passengers were informed that a severe hurricane was headed toward their ship. The student knew that as a Christian Scientist she had the opportunity and duty to prove that God's presence and love are everywhere. Even in mid-ocean one can prove that God cares for His children. For the following two days her thought was uplifted in prayer and gratitude to divine Love. She saw that God loves and preserves His children eternally.

When at two o'clock the second morning the student awoke she realized that they had hit the hurricane. Other passengers put on their life preservers. The student, however, quietly turned to God. She reached for her copy of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, which opened at a citation that was in the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly for that week (p. 474), "Truth destroys falsity and error, for light and darkness cannot dwell together." The Christian Scientist asked herself: "What is doing the destroying? What is being destroyed?" Clearly came the answer that Truth is destroying error, confusion, and hate. Error in any form, whether as a hurricane or extreme latent fear, cannot destroy man. The presence of God, understood, nullifies error's claim to power and boisterous activity. Later the student fell asleep with her consciousness full of spiritual truths. When she awoke the sea was fairly calm.

This young woman was invited to the chart room that morning, where she was shown the course of the hurricane. That morning when the student had been awakened at two the ship had hit the outside of the hurricane. The winds inside of this hurricane were estimated at more than one hundred miles an hour. The crew felt that there was nothing to do but try to go through the storm. Suddenly, however, the hurricane left the path of the ship. It was agreed that the protection was marvelous.

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December 20, 1952

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