Lost and found

Gregory had a new rocket. It was a gift from his grandpa, and he couldn’t wait to fly it. The rocket was blue with red stripes, and Gregory was sure it would go all the way to the moon.

As soon as they could, Gregory and his mom took it out into the field near their house. The rocket went up, up, up, but when it came down, down, down, it disappeared into the woods. Gregory and his mom looked and looked, but they couldn’t find it anywhere.

“Let’s sit here on this log and pray,” Mom said after they’d been looking for a while.

Gregory sat down quickly. He knew from going to Christian Science Sunday School that God always has an answer, even when we don’t.

Gregory and his mom were quiet for a minute, praying their own prayer thoughts. Then his mom asked him a funny question.

“Is God a mean God, who likes to play tricks on us?”

“Oh no!” Gregory said quickly. “God loves us.” 

It was good to remember God’s love at a moment like this. Gregory knew God’s love was here, there, and everywhere, taking care of everyone. He didn’t doubt it for a minute. There was a sentence they’d read about that in Sunday School, from a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (p. 494).

While Gregory was thinking about these things, his mom said something else: “Let’s listen to God for a good idea to help us. Just like we do when you’re not feeling well.”

Gregory listened with his thoughts. His mom listened with her thoughts. It was so quiet that it almost seemed like the woods were listening with them.

“I see the parachute, Mama,” Gregory suddenly said. He’d thought he’d seen his rocket’s parachute several times while they’d been searching, but it never turned out to be what he thought it was. This time, though, he was sure of it.

Gregory pointed, and there it was! A parachute, with the rocket still attached, hanging in a tree.

Gregory looked at his mom, and his mom looked at him, and they both said a quiet, “Thank you, God.”

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