If I have a favorite Bible story, I believe it is the one recorded in...

If I have a favorite Bible story, I believe it is the one recorded in John's Gospel of Christ Jesus' healing of the nobleman's son who was ill at Capernaum. We read that the nobleman sought the Master's help, saying, "Sir, come down are my child die." Jesus' reply was, "Go thy way; thy son liveth" (4:49, 50). The beautiful demonstration of God's immediacy there set forth recalls an experience I had soon after becoming seriously interested in Christian Science.

It occurred during World War II, in 1944, when our son was making ready to go overseas. I tried hard to hide my feelings, but my anxiety for his safety grew each day until it was obvious to all those around me. This attitude did not ease the situation for anyone and made it most difficult for our son.

I wanted to be rid of this dreadful fear, and I prayed constantly in my own way without result. Calling a Christian Science practitioner was something new for me, and I felt very hesitant. Then one day I picked up the telephone and called one. I soon heard a kind voice at the other end of the line, and the tenseness left immediately as I poured out my troubles. As I left the phone, I felt like a new person. The light of Truth had shone in the words spoken by the practitioner, and I was at once very much at peace.

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January 18, 1969

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