My heart is filled with gratitude for this wonderful, practical...

My heart is filled with gratitude for this wonderful, practical, everyday religion, Christian Science. I have always had Science to guide me through every experience, and it certainly has met my every need when its healing truths have been earnestly studied and applied. I attended the Christian Science Sunday School from the time I was three years old until I was twenty, and the truths taught me there have been the basis for my gaining a better understanding of God and of myself as His image and likeness.

While I was getting in my cross-country hours for my pilot's license, I was flying solo over the mountain range of the Oregon Cascades when the engine on the plane completely stopped. At first I was fearful, but then I realized that God was there guiding me and I could know the right things to do. A message from the Bible, "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the ever-lasting arms" (Deut. 33:27), proved most helpful and quieted my fears. I was led to operate the controls that were necessary, and immediately the engine started up again and I was able to land at my destination in safety. I was very grateful for this proof of God's protecting power.

July 29, 1967

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