Daily bread

Our friends were shocked when they heard that I was quitting my job to have a baby and be a full-time mother at the same time that my husband was leaving his job to study full time for a doctoral degree. We thought, however, that our savings would see us through an anticipated two-year program. We did not expect the lengthy delays in thesis preparation or the later downturn in the job market. The ensuing five years would teach me a great deal about reliance on God.

I had been raised in the Christian Science Sunday School, and I had learned to turn to God in time of need. Prayer, long a part of my daily life, became ever more important to me as fears and doubts about the future crept in. I found myself returning time and again to an insight into God's care that Mrs. Eddy gives; in fact it became my watchword: "Never ask for to-morrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 307.

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