I would like to share one of the most rewarding experiences I had had and the most trying… My sister’s daughter, her second-born, began a life of “riotous living” when she was a teenager. Over the course of more than 25 years she had three children out of wedlock and generally was in a state of hypnotism believing that wrong was right. Drugs, sex, alcohol, etc. But my sister called me when she needed help with her daughter and we would pray. She survived an accident when the father of her first two sons was driving drunk and wrecked the car. Although she wasn’t able to pay her mortgage she was able to live for ten years without the bank foreclosing. Her sister and two children also lived with her.
Well, my sister asked me to pray every day for her. God gave me this very assuring statement from Science and Health: Spirit blesses man, but man cannot ‘tell when it cometh.’ By it the sick are healed, the sorrowing are comforted, and the sinning are reformed. These are the effects of one universal God, the invisible good dwelling in eternal Science.” (S&H 78:28) I felt the power of this truth as I prayed each day.
Long story short, she and her son got evicted from the home two months ago. But now she has a small but adequate apartment a block from my sister. She has no access to drugs, alcohol. She and her son attend church regularly and my sister is home-schooling the son.
I have tears in my eyes as I tell this beautiful story. It has been so wonderful to see the effects of prayers for my sister (especially) and I have prayed for so long. As Mrs. Eddy says, “Prayer, watching, and working… are God’s gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the Christianization and health of mankind.” (S&H 1:6)