When my mother passed on, I was left with the lovely home...

When my mother passed on, I was left with the lovely home that we had joyfully shared for several years. It had a huge yard, was conveniently located for my work, and it appeared to be a place where I could continue to be very comfortable. However, it suddenly struck me that I was spending a great deal of time taking care of the yard, shoveling snow, painting. These were all activities I enjoyed, but ones that kept me from doing some of the prayerful study that I certainly needed and wanted in order to grow in my understanding of God.

Almost immediately after this realization, I decided that I would prefer to live in a condominium, where I would not have yardwork to do. Within a few days I placed my house on the market, and it was sold in a few weeks. When the closing date was only two months away, I selected a condominium. At the last moment, however, through a very unexpected development I was not able to take possession.

While this was going on, I had also been earnestly praying about our branch church services. It had seemed to me for some time that some of the attendants at the services—myself included—were really not very attentive to the readings from the Bible and from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. The irresistible nature of Truth was the focal point around which my study centered.

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September 22, 1986

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