Winston Churchill knew more than a little about adversity


At the passing on of a dear one, I was wonderfully lifted out of a sense of separation and sorrow. I was able to see more clearly the deathless man of God’s creating. These words from the twenty-third Psalm were given to me at this time and were a great help: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” It reads “walk through.” We do not need to stop or linger.


“Never, never, never give up.”

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.

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.” 1

May God bless you, may He continue to inspire you, and may you feel the peace and comfort of His presence as you journey toward the light of wholeness and healing.


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