Not long ago when my daughter and I were driving to the...

Not long ago when my daughter and I were driving to the store, we discussed the Sunday School class I was teaching. I explained how a preparation to teach the Beatitudes had led to my own deeper understanding of the word blessed. I learned that this word signifies a high form of happiness; it is happiness that comes from reliance on God, rather than material circumstances, to support and sustain it. At this point in our conversation I realized how thoroughly I'd been blessed.

Major changes taking place in my life could easily have led to my feeling depressed and hopeless at that time, but instead I felt completely at peace and safe in God's care. My study of Christian Science had taught me to rely on God's love to guide me through what could be considered very difficult times, and I was blessed to realize that human, material circumstances weren't creating the peace and happiness I was experiencing.

The previous year three people I loved very much, including my dad, had passed on; our family had moved to a big city far from the small town where our two daughters had grown up; and I'd had to find and learn a new job. Shortly after the move, my husband and I divorced. Yet, because I had been praying diligently to understand better God's plan for me and my family, I could feel His presence and care for each of us. The book of Proverbs contains a promise I'd relied on for many years, but never so much as at that time: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

June 7, 1993

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