Some years ago my husband and I embarked on a long project of...

Some years ago my husband and I embarked on a long project of remodeling our house and garden, and it was all successful except for one phase which I thought had been a failure. I wept with bitter disappointment and self-condemnation when a relative, who is not a Christian Scientist, spoke to me about this particular event. He said, "You know, we quite expected you to be taken in by the workmen in this city." To think that I could have been tricked, that I had not been alert enough to cover this eventuality, although I was a Christian Scientist and should have known better! I felt too that we could ill afford unnecessary expense at this time.

I rang up a fellow Christian Scientist who knew about our plans, and she was so loving and kind to me. She reassured me with words of comfort from the Bible. One such reassurance was (Ps. 33:10), "The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect." And another was from Proverbs (10:22), "The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." But the one that helped me the most was from Psalm 89, where we read (verse 14), "Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face."

June 11, 1966

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