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From the November 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Winston Churchill, a man who knew more than a little about adversity, is responsible for two of my favorite quotes: "Never, never, never give up." And, "If you are going through hell, keep going." It's hard to appreciate how much it can mean for someone in the middle of a long-term struggle to hear that others have triumphed over challenges of their own. But I know from experience that, when years have passed and you're still waiting for healing, you can cling to other people's victories like a life raft.

This month's issue offers several stories of people who persisted with their prayers and got results-including three physical healings detailed in Frontlines, two tales of patience and perseverance during the adoption process in our Home & Family section, and an article in Spirituality & Healing that explores one of the hows of hanging in there. Our special gratitude album-just in time for Thanksgiving in the United States-provides fresh insights on the art of giving thanks that may also help to encourage you along your spiritual path, wherever it may be leading.

If you are engaged in a long-term prayer for healing, I offer another of my favorite quotes, words of hope from a testimony once published in our sister publication, the Christian Science Sentinel. They helped to carry me through an especially bleak time, and I'm happy to report that they proved to be absolutely true: "At times the way has appeared to be dark and obscure, but I have learned from experience that there is no tunnel which does not have an ending, and that when one does emerge, it is into the light." Sentinel, June 8, 1940, p. 816 .

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