No reason for fear in severe weather

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When I was in grammar school, Hurricane Hazel came up the coast of North Carolina and headed inland at roaring speed. Since this unexpected turn was a surprise to school officials, we were let out of school after the high hurricane winds had already started. I was walking to meet my mother when the wind knocked me down on the pavement and rolled me over and over like a tumbleweed.

At that moment, I turned to God for help. I had learned in the Christian Science Sunday School that God is always with us and that prayer to God makes a big difference. God brings protection no matter what trouble we’re in. As I was rolling over and over with the force of the wind, I remembered an idea we had discussed in Sunday School: “Be still, and know that I am God.” As I thought this, I felt very calm and close to God. I was able to get up, between the tremendous gusts of wind, and make it to the meeting point to wait for my mother.

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