Some years ago I suffered in a marriage where neither companionship...

Some years ago I suffered in a marriage where neither companionship nor loving consideration existed. I earnestly studied Christian Science, and it seemed that the more I grew in my understanding of God the greater became the void between my husband and me, in spite of the many healings we experienced.

While prayerfully listening for the Father's direction, I came upon the following statement in Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy (p. 67): "Hoping and working, one should stick to the wreck, until an irresistible propulsion precipitates his doom or sunshine gladdens the troubled sea."

As I continued to pray for God's guidance in the light of the above passage, it became clear to me that I should leave. I can truly say it was in God's hands, and when decisions are made in this way, things work together so that all those involved are blessed. So it was that the rapid change became effortless, natural. For example, on my father's farm a small cottage became vacant, making it possible for the children and me to move in immediately. Here the children enjoyed new activities and responsibilities. Nor did they lack paternal guidance, for my father, a strong and loving man, did much to shape their characters. During this time my husband also found lodging in a nearby town.

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April 23, 1977

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