A gift to a child

It was the first time I had ever known my dad to be ill. He had been home from the office for several days and was not improving. When I got back from school on this particular day, he was sitting in his big chair—and I burst into tears because he looked so unwell. He asked me to get my Sunday School books (referring to the Bible, and Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy), and then we read together all my favorite passages. He said he wanted to read me one of his favorites, from Job; this was it: "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him." Job 13:15; Then he sent me to my room to do my homework, and I went—greatly encouraged and peaceful.

A couple of hours later, at dinner, there at the head of the table was my dad, looking just like himself. The next day he returned to the office. What an impression this healing made on an eleven-year-old girl! I have never forgotten the importance of standing steadfast.

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