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Reliable support: Where can we turn to find it?

From the December 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Most of us long to feel the support of those close to us, to be the recipient of love, encouragement, and assistance, especially in challenging times. But what if that isn’t always forthcoming, or doesn’t take the form that meets our need? Where can we turn to find reliable support? 

Take the following example: An innocent man, a teacher, reaches out to three of his best students for support at a time of great need—the hours before his execution. He clearly articulates his need not once, but twice, asking his students to support him for just one hour.

What is their response? They fall asleep. Rather than staying alert to watch and pray with their teacher as his arrest loomed, they simply give in to the very mundane need for sleep. 

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