These haven't been easy times for so many. Just tune in to the news or talk to the neighbor who works two jobs. But the good news is we don't have to bear the burden of hard times with personal grit. That's the message of this week's Sentinel. Instead, we can put our burdens down, and in the words of Mary Baker Eddy, follow God "all the rugged way" (Poems, p. 14).

In our cover section, Doug and Ann Brown did this when times got really tough and they lost most of their retirement savings (see p. 10). And Kenneth Brack writes about his family's journey out of homelessness while they were in a small town in the Mojave Desert (see p. 12).

Nearly two decades after the first publication of Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy—herself familiar with hard times—wrote the book Unity of Good. It grapples with some of the toughest questions related to evil, good, and the nature of God who is all-loving. Statements like this one gently guide us away from focusing on what feels like the absence of good: "To gain a temporary consciousness of God's law is to feel, in a certain finite human sense, that God comes to us and pities us; but the attainment of the understanding of His presence, through the Science of God, destroys our sense of imperfection, or of His absence ... " (p. 4).

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April 19, 2010

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