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My safe place in a storm

I live in a little town in Mississippi. In January this year, we had storms and horrible weather. I was really afraid. My mom and I talked with a friend by e-mail. She told Mom and me to read Hymn 148 in the Christian Science Hymnal. I liked what it says in the first verse:

The storm may roar without me,
My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?

I thought about how God was with us, and I calmed down. Three days later, at school, the tornado alarm went off. All the kids and teachers had to stay in the hallway of our school for three hours.

The tornado touched down 20 feet away from us. As soon as it started, I prayed and I asked if the other kids wanted to pray, too. I remembered the way my mom and I prayed a few days earlier about the bad weather. It helped me to comfort a girl who was so upset and very afraid. I just stayed by her side and kept talking to her and telling her we'd be OK.

The tornado threw a bus through the roof of our gym. And it flipped over my school bus. (Nobody was in it.) There was a lot more damage. But we were all safe. And so was everyone else in my town.

God showed me that all of His children are safe.

Hunter, 9
Mississippi, US

Hunter told the Kids' Sentinel that his school was on the national news when the tornado hit their town. Hunter likes to pray to God, and he is starting to read the Bible. He and his mom found out about Christian Science not long ago. They love to chat online with a Christian Science practitioner who helped them pray. Hunter also likes to play soccer, baseball, and kickball. And he likes to read and draw. When Hunter grows up, he wants to be a building engineer.

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February 18, 2008

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