My mother was introduced to Christian Science by a neighbor...

My mother was introduced to Christian Science by a neighbor when we three children were small. We were enrolled in the Christian Science Sunday School and attended regularly.

When I graduated from college, I was assigned to teach fifth grade in a large city school in a downtown slum area. This school had a reputation as a difficult school for teachers, as there were many disciplinary problems. I was very unhappy about being assigned there as a new teacher. I had learned through my Sunday School experience that God is "a very present help in trouble" (Ps. 46:1), and I had had many healings and proofs of His loving care. It was natural for me to turn wholeheartedly to God for help.

I saw that divine Love filled every space in our classroom and therefore nothing but good could be included in it. I replaced the false concept of imperfect mortals with the truth of being—that children are pure, innocent, receptive ideas of God. It was very helpful to apply what I understood of God as divine Principle to every aspect of the teaching. I stressed the importance of obedience, honesty, justice, right action. There were many difficult problems, but each in turn was solved, and peace and harmony prevailed in our classroom. This turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had, for a wonderful feeling of love and rapport was established between the children and me. I learned that when we are willing to let God place us where we belong we can only be blessed.

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Words of Current Interest
April 3, 1971

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