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The places God prepares
As a young child in Sunday School, I memorized the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer, and studied the Sermon on the Mount. We heard about David defeating Goliath, Daniel in the lions' den, and many other Bible stories, and I never failed to be impressed by the way those characters' love for God shaped their lives and experiences, saving them from danger. They soon felt like friends to me, and I decided that was the kind of love I wanted to show God, too.
My Sunday School teachers helped my classmates and me relate the lessons in those stories to our own lives. I began to really love the Bible, and became convinced that if I could model my actions after those characters, I would have great answers to every challenge.
I started with the Ten Commandments, and found that they steered me clear of disaster, rather than denying me fun. By making them part of my life, I became happy and confident. Since we lived near the water and sailing was a large part of our community, I compared the use of radar on ships to the Commandments. The radar spotted the rocks and helped the ships steer clear of them. Similarly, the Commandments helped me steer clear of situations that might shipwreck me. They guaranteed smooth sailing and protection.
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About the author
Pamela Guthman Kissock is a Christian Science practitioner. She lives in Solana Beach, California.
No dismal science
with contributions from Charles Hall, Cecile B. Barnett, Laurel Marquart, Ruth Schulman, Sharla Allard
Items of interest
with contributions from Amy Denney, Jamie Thompson
a revised economic outlook—blessing one and all
Rosalie Dunbar with contributions from PAMELA FAATZ
coming in on budget
By Lyle Young
prayer that underpins the economy
By Channing Walker
'IT'S NOT YOUR FATHER'S HEBREW BIBLE'
By Patricia Kadick Photographs by Mark Thayer
FROM SUCCESS TO SIGNIFICANCE
By Kim Shippey
with contributions from Howard Hendricks, Jay Bennett, Armand Nicholi, Tom Wilson
CAR TALK THAT BEGINS WITH PRAYER
By Eileen Stoecklin
'WE WILL HELP EACH OTHER'
By Joni Overton-Jung
The places God prepares
By Pam Kissock
The human face of war
By Barbara Vining
Prayer puts quick end to fear and pain
Not even a scar left behind
A stand for spiritual healing