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Let's start singing
As members of the Girl Guides, Annie and her friends enjoyed camping in the country every summer. Annie loved camping, and she particularly looked forward to sitting around a big campfire each evening. In the darkness she could see the flames sparkle and hear the wood crackle as it burned. She also enjoyed joining in the campfire songs.
Annie had been attending a Christian Science Sunday School since she was five, and although she wasn't able to go to Sunday School when at camp, she had a Christian Science Quarterly and read the Lesson-Sermon from her Bible and from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. She did this each day during "rest hour" when everyone had to have quiet time. Reading these books reminded her that God was taking care of her and made her confident enough to try even the hardest camp activities. Then one year she had an opportunity to turn to these two books for help when she felt ill.
On the last day of the trip, Annie and her friends were sitting at the top of a field, talking together, when Annie decided to run back to her tent for her shoes so that she could join her friends for a hike. She ran down the field so fast that she didn't notice some ropes holding one of the tents in place, and suddenly she found herself flat on her face. She had tripped and landed hard on the grass. For a few moments she lay there gasping for breath. Her friends gathered around to see if she needed help, but Annie thanked them and told them that she was all right. They helped her get up, and she went into her tent to put on her shoes. Then she joined them for the hike.
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