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Facing change without fear

A Christian Science perspective.

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No matter how well prepared you may feel, it's difficult to be ready for the unexpected – a terrorist attack, falling economy, job loss, devastating storm, whatever. Through my study of Christian Science, however, I've learned that harmony is a law of God, no matter what. The more we gain a spiritual understanding of life, the more ready we are for the unexpected.

My husband and I are diplomats, moving every few years to a new country. After each move, we have to find new friends and a new sense of self-worth. After a year of settling in one country, I began to reflect on how wonderful our lives were. We had great jobs, great friends and co-workers, good schools for our children. The food, the culture, and the people were amazing. I looked forward to two more years there. Then, all of a sudden, we needed to leave the country in 48 hours because of a security threat on my husband's life.

When we landed back in Washington, D.C., I still wondered how this could have happened. Of course I was grateful that my husband was safe. But would I ever find another place so wonderful?

All my life I had relied on what I'd learned of God's guidance, through my study of Christian Science, in finding balance, stability, and happiness. In the past I'd been able to prepare myself before departing for each new country because we knew ahead of time how long we were going to stay. But this time I wasn't prepared. Life didn't seem fair.

My first step in finding peace was to be grateful for our safety. Within the 48 hours, we'd had time to prepare our belongings, say good-bye to our friends, and do what was needed in order to leave in a safe and orderly way.

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