The blessings of prayer

During the 1950s, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Baguio City, Philippines, conducted Sunday School classes for senior citizens who had not gone to school. My mother, who was illiterate, attended those classes and came to love Christian Science. Later she encouraged her children to attend Sunday School. It was there that I learned that God loved me and was taking care of me.

This Bible verse became my favorite and helped me greatly in my life—even with choosing a boyfriend: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isa. 41:10). I found a boyfriend who was loving, kind, generous, helpful, and forgiving. He later became my husband and encouraged my study of Christian Science and my participation in church activities.

December 20, 2004

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