In observance of the United Nations' INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE FAMILY

Sudden calm

The Christian Science Monitor

One hot summer day the family was taking a short trip that had gotten too long. The children had turned the back seat into a very rowdy and unhappy playground, and Dad, who was driving, was being unintentionally kicked in the back. Mom could see that Dad's patience—with the children and with the traffic—was being tested.

She felt inexperienced at praying, but it seemed a good idea to make an attempt to pray, as this situation could easily ruin the day. The only thing she could remember about prayer had to do with quiet, and in that car there wasn't anything that could pass for quiet or calm. Then an idea came: the children had been attending the Christian Science Sunday School; what had they learned there?

Dear Sentinel
June 13, 1994

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