Restored through prayer

When I graduated from college, I was ready to change the world, so I applied to become a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. Little did I know how I was going to change—how I was going to face many challenges and learn that God was with me every step of the way.

The first challenge came when the Peace Corps invited me to teach secondary school in Africa. The thought of being a teacher didn't appeal to me at all. While I relished the idea of embarking on what I saw as a great personal adventure, I was reluctant to leave behind my interesting job and my girlfriend.

I decided that the only way to adequately resolve my dilemma was through prayer. A friend agreed to pray with me. For the next few days, I especially thought about this thought from Science and Health: "Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action" (p. 454). I strove to ensure that my motives were right, whichever direction I chose to take, and to hear the guidance coming from divine Love, a name for God.

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When things feel hopeless ... try mercy
March 19, 2001

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