Shortly before I was born, a neighbor gave my mother a...

Shortly before I was born, a neighbor gave my mother a copy of the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. My parents loved what they read and soon began to attend a branch church. In this book they read, "Individuals are consistent who, watching and praying, can 'run, and not be weary; ... walk, and not faint,' who gain good rapidly and hold their position, or attain slowly and yield not to discouragement."

Through the years there were many challenges, but with their budding understanding of God's love and care for all His creation, my parents did not yield in times of discouragement. While there were physical healings along the way, for which they were most grateful, I recall my mother speaking of two experiences that were especially meaningful to them.

During the Depression of the 1930s they found a way to supplement their income that helped others as well as themselves. Later, during World War II, they prayed daily for the protection of my two brothers, who were serving in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific. At the conclusion of the fighting, and upon their safe return home, my brothers spoke of how they had felt this prayerful work on their behalf. Throughout her years, Mother continued to be an inspiration to us in her trust in the healing power of God. When in her nineties, one day she lost the feeling in her legs. She called her son who was a Christian Science practitioner for help through prayer. Soon she resumed her normal activities, fully healed.

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May 14, 1990

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