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[[2 photo images of Miss Anderson followed with an article] 

Photo 1: With her mother on the stoop of Mrs. Anderson's home.

Photo2: In Philadelphia's Union Baptist Church with Mrs. Blanche  Burton, who accompanied Miss Anderson in Sunday School. 

[[Article]]enough strength to stand alone. Then, one prays with a fervor one never had before. From my torment I prayed with the sure knowledge there was Someone to Whom I could pour out the greatest need of my heart and soul. It did not matter if He answered. It was enough to pray. 

Slowly I came out of my despair. My mind began to clear. No one was to blame for my failure. Self-pity left me. In a burst of exuberance I told my mother: 

    "I want to study again. I want to be the best, and be loved by everyone, and be perfect in everything."

    "That's a wonderful goal," she chided. "But our dear Lord walked this earth as the most perfect of all beings, yet not everybody loved Him."  

    Subdued, I decided to return to my music to seek humbleness before perfection. 

    One day I came home from my teacher unaware that I was humming. It was the first music I had uttered at home in a whole year. My mother heard it, and she rushed to meet me, and put her arms around me and kissed me. It was her way of saying: 

"Your prayers have been answered, and mine have too." 

For a brief moment we stood there silently. Then my mother defined the sweet spell of our gratitude:
    "Prayer begins where human capacity ends," she said.

    The golden echo of that moment has always been with me through the years of struggle that followed. Today I am blessed with an active career, and the worldly goods that come with it. If sometimes I do not hear the echo and listen only to the applause, my mother reminds me quickly of what should come first: 

    "Grace must always come before greatness," she says.  

[[image of Marian walking a tree lined path with a dog]]
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