I was widowed during the Second World War, and there were...

I was widowed during the Second World War, and there were our three little girls to support. We had no home, as ours had been bombed. My income was about two pounds per week from my husband's war pension, and I was unable to work, as the children were small and needed my care. But we had found Christian Science. At that point we were living in a rented house next door to an aunt. She was a student of Christian Science who had just taken Christian Science class instruction.

The spiritual truths of God's infinite goodness, which my aunt shared with me, sustained my family so that we were never again in want. In fact, one of my most vivid memories of those years is of a pink double cherry tree in full bloom. Not only the tree, but the ground beneath it, a public pavement, was covered with blossoms. Many people walked on this pavement, yet there was always a fresh covering of fallen blossoms. And still the tree was laden with flowers. To me the tree symbolized God's limitless, abundant care for His children. Since that time I have often turned to divine Love in prayer. God has provided so many blessings for us to enjoy and to be grateful for. We need only to recognize and accept them, use them wisely and give thanks.

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