When I was a senior in college, I became engaged to a girl I had...

When I was a senior in college, I became engaged to a girl I had been dating for two years. One weekend when I was home from school and on a date with my girlfriend, she gave back her engagement ring and said she could not marry me. I was completely surprised and extremely hurt. I thought we got along well together and that there were no problems between us. I asked her for an explanation, but she said she just felt we should not continue our relationship. The following day I tried to talk to her, but she would not see me. For the next several weeks I spent hours praying so that we would get back together and also tried many times to see her. But there was no change and I felt heartbroken.

One day I realized that I was praying selfishly—praying for something to happen in the way I wanted it to happen. I realized that I should let "Thy will be done," as it says in the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:10). As a Christian Scientist, I knew that God was truly in control and that His divine plan was much better than my human outlining. I immediately felt better and continued to correct thought through prayer.

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