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The Sentinel is very precious to me. There was a time when suicide was all I thought about. I went to meetings to try to get help. I would come out of them worse. I would go to McDonald's and stay for hours with the Sentinel in my hand. I was afraid to go home. I would try and try to read it to get something, but often I only could read a few words. I would be very anxious and restless. But I kept reading a few words until I had it all read and I could go home. Why I went to McDonald's is I felt safe, as there were people around and I wasn't alone. The workers got to know me, and I was never asked to leave. I could stay until it closed if I needed to.
I read the Sentinel from cover to cover and also The Christian Science Journal. I don't write metaphysical words, but I know in me what makes what I write true. The freedom I found has enabled me to dismiss completely any thought of suicide. The proof is, I was clerk in my church, I am on the board, I work in the Reading Room. I am a nanny to three children who love me and I them. The four-year-old says when we find a parking space, "Sylvia, we must say 'thank you' to God." And when I get busy and I am in a huff, he will say, "Don't forget God is helping you."
Sylvia L. Loyd
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To Our Readers
with contributions from Sylvia L. Loyd, Susan Turner Vogt
items of interest
with contributions from Maria Coleman, Amy Babcock, Craig Savoye
The antidote to voter apathy
What if you are attracted to a co-worker?
Contributed to the Sentinel
No idols—only heroes here!
Vivienne S. Mason
The best response to an emergency? Calm
By Christine Jenks Herlinger
Coming together to compete
with contributions from Sandy Vance
God's care—from university to "the uttermost parts of the sea"
A. Stephen Green
The Bible's answer to school shootings
Gayle Miller Huizinga
See you in court?
James Scott Rosebush
From turmoil to calm
Recovery from injured ankle
Nancy Hatch Gokay
Healed of inability to retain food
Julie Anne Ward
Freedom from alcoholism
Wayne J. Gmeiner
Terrible teens? Not so
Robin E. Hoagland
Prayer and the real world