"Blessed are the merciful"

[Of Special Interest to Children]

Jane was not quite old enough to attend kindergarten, but most of her friends did. Each day when they were in school Jane would play by herself, either outdoors or in the house. Usually she stayed near where her mother was busy with her duties.

All Jane's family, her mother and father and her brother, David, were Christian Scientists. Each Sunday, Jane and David attended the Christian Science Sunday School, where they learned many truths about themselves as children of God.

One day Jane's mother had to prepare for a meeting to be held that evening; so she asked Jane to play quietly in her room. Jane was obedient, and in the afternoon, when her friends came home from school, she went out to play with them in the snow. But in a few minutes, David brought her back into the house again. While sliding down the hill, one of the older boys had, without meaning to, knocked Jane down. Her head had hit the ground, and she seemed to be hurt.

The Leaven of Truth at Work
June 11, 1960

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