Rising and resisting

We headed into the East by car from Berlin. The gray chill of November and the few yellow leaves left on the birches seemed a visible reminder of a state of mind—more than forty years of incredible mental repression and enervation by communism.

It was dark by the time we reached Magdeburg. Nights seemed even darker in what was formerly East Germany, where there were fewer and weaker street lights. But when we opened the big doors of the old university classroom—the meeting place for the Christian Science Society—we came into a roomful of light, liveliness, and vigor. These were people who had not only lived under communist rule but had also triumphed in spite of constant dangers and threats to them as adherents of an illegal, banned Christian sect. Now they were coming out the other side, with the joy of knowing what spiritual demonstration can accomplish.

The value of strong, persistent prayer
January 20, 1992

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