The Talking School Bus

[For children]

Ted climbed onto the school bus and hurried to his seat. As the bus began to move, he settled back and listened to the sound of the wheels. Rule-out-of-me-all-sin...rule-out-of-me-all-sin... the wheels seemed to be saying.

Ted recognized the words in his thinking. It was part of the "Daily Prayer" from the Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy, which Christian Scientists all over the world pray every day. He and his mother said it together each morning before he left for school: '"Thy kingdom come;' let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!" Man., Art. VIII, Sect. 4;

The prayer made Ted feel very close to God. He had attended the Christian Science Sunday School ever since he could remember, and he did a lot of thinking about God. He had learned that God didn't make sin, but he didn't quite understand how the words "rule out of me all sin" applied to him. He would ask his mother to explain that part to him again.

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