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Prayer puts quick end to fear and pain

I was in Greece for a short vacation. I had been working in Europe, and, finding myself with a few free days, I had decided to visit one of the Greek islands.

I arrived on Mykonos full of anticipation, and ready to explore the island's legendary beauty. I found a wonderful inn, where I spent the first evening sitting on the balcony of my room overlooking the sparkling turquoise ocean, thrilled with this little adventure I was taking on my own. But somewhere deep down, there were some nagging fears. Thoughts like, "You're a woman traveling by yourself in a foreign country, staying at a remote oceanside inn. No one around speaks your language. There isn't even a phone in your room, and those locks on the door don't look very secure." I ignored these thoughts, went out for dinner, and turned in early for the evening.

In the middle of the night, however, I woke up with excruciating stomach pains. The discomfort was so intense that at first I wasn't able to move. It was unlike anything I'd ever felt before. Those earlier fears flooded my mind. This time I didn't ignore them, but earnestly began to pray. I had learned from my study of Christian Science that we're never helpless in the face of pain—that we can mentally resist pain through total reliance on God. I was determined to put up a spiritual fight!

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