In Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Australia, Canada, Europe, and parts of Asia, shortwave radio broadcasts of The Herald of Christian Science are reaching a large audience. We thought that Sentinel readers might enjoy reading adaptions from some of these radio programs.

The Herald Broadcast

Help for family breakups

Bea Roegge: Today our program is "Help for family breakups." I had an interesting experience last week. A delightful young man called and said he'd like to come and see me. I recognized him. I hadn't seen him since he was about fifteen. He came in poised, successful, having just been accepted for the United States Naval Academy. A wonderful young man. When I knew him between the ages of about seven and fifteen, he was always in trouble, it seemed. But he always struggled to be good. When he'd call me, he'd be honest about what he'd done, and then he'd try to figure out why he'd done it. There was that desire to be good. I thought the minute I saw him, being so composed himself now, of a statement from Science and Health where its author, Mrs. Eddy, writes, "The habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer." And I think that struggle of his, to be always good, was prayer that has been answered. I was just delighted to see that. Well, we got in touch with his mother. Nell Oakes, from Kuwait, is with us today and is going to talk about those years. Nell, you were a single parent. What was the greatest challenge in raising Tim?

Nell Oakes: I think it was the sense of burden, of pressure, and that would manifest itself in different things. Perhaps the burden of financial lack or needing another parent or a sense of inadequacy in handling the task of raising a child.

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