Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Love Bus ; A Christian Science Article for Kids

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Love Bus ; A Christian Science Article for Kids

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Amy could hardly wait to start kindergarten. She had watched her older sister get on the school bus the year before, and now it was finally her turn. As the bus came to a screeching halt, Mom, who was standing next to her, gave her a kiss goodbye. "Have a great day, honey," she said, and added, "Grandma will be waiting for you when you get home." Grandma lived with Amy's family.

Amy hesitated before getting on, so Mom gave her a boost up and watched as her daughter went to find a seat. Once Amy was settled, Mom waved goodbye.

After the first week of school, Mom noticed a change in her daughter. She was balking when it came time to get on the bus and almost refused to get on.

"Is something bothering you about the bus?" Mom asked.

"The kids poke me when I walk down the aisle, and they say mean things."

"Maybe you could sit in the front of the bus," Mom suggested.

"I can't. Those seats are filled by the time I get on. The only empty seats are in the back."

"Doesn't the bus driver say anything to the kids about how they're acting?"

"No. He's always in a hurry, and he doesn't care what the kids do." Looking up at her mother's face, she begged, "Couldn't you or Grandma drive me to school?"

"Grandma has to stay here with your sister until her school bus comes, and I can't take you because I have to catch a train and the train won't wait if I'm late."

That night after everyone had gone to bed, Mom pulled out two books from her bedstand. One was the Bible, and the other was "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. She often turned to them for inspiration when she needed to solve a difficult problem.

Opening the Bible first to Genesis 1:31, she read: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good." She reasoned: "If God made everything good, then all His children have to be good. …

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