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Of Good Report

A roadside hymn of blessings

From the March 2024 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Originally published in Spanish


I live in El Bolsón, in the province of Río Negro, Argentina. One day, while I was traveling along the highway with a friend to another province, one of the tires on my car blew out. Thankfully, I was able to maintain control of the vehicle. I parked on the side of the road and calmly got out to change the tire. 

When I travel, I always bring along a Christian Science Hymnal, and I began singing Hymn No. 192, which begins, “Nearer, my God, to Thee, / Nearer to Thee” (Sarah F. Adams). This hymn is one of my favorites. When things happen that I can’t control or don’t see a solution for, I always sing the hymn because it makes me feel closer to God and reassures me that He is holding my hand and constantly guiding me. This sustains me and gives me the answers I need. 

After changing the tire, I got back in the car. A moment later I heard a loud braking sound and saw a truck stop in front of me. I kept on singing the hymn as the driver of the truck approached. He kindly offered to help me. I thanked him and told him I had already solved the problem. But he insisted and offered to further tighten the wheel bolts on the changed tire. 

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