How I prayed with my friend

One morning in March, my friend Gabriel was worried because of his school fees. In the Philippines, where I live, families have to pay school fees for each student. Gabriel apologized to our teacher for not paying his fees. He told the teacher that he would pay the next day.

The next day came. That day we had exams in all our subjects. I began to worry because our first exam was about to start and my friend hadn't arrived yet. Soon, Gabriel entered the classroom crying. He said that the money that was supposed to be for his school fees was used for his sick grandfather.

During our recess, I talked to Gabriel as we ate. I talked to him about a passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy that I know by heart. It goes: "Never tell the sick that they have more courage than strength. Tell them rather, that their strength is in proportion to their courage" (p. 417). I told Gabriel our strength is from God. We could be strong to trust that God would open a way for him to pay the school fees. And I said that we could be courageous to help his grandfather fight sickness. In Sunday School I had learned that sickness is not true because God did not create sickness. God made all good.

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