While taking time during the day for prayer and spiritual study, I have found myself reflecting on the many ways in which my thought was prepared for Christian Science. One of the many memories that comes back to me is of being in graduate school several decades ago.
I began drinking as a preteen. By the time I was a young man in the late ’60s and early ’70s, I was a functional alcoholic with the added vice of narcotics.
At age twenty-seven, I was going nowhere fast. I had no job, no close family, and no discernible path forward.
About four years ago, prior to becoming a student of Christian Science, I began to experience crippling headaches. One February night, due to the inclement weather, I had to stay overnight at the yoga center where I was working.
In the early 1970s I was living in London and trying to fill a sense of emptiness with food, but the problem had nothing to do with physical hunger. Back then, I didn’t recognize the hunger for what it was—a spiritual yearning to feel God’s control and presence in my life.
I’ve always sought a deeper spiritual purpose in my life. I grew up attending a church of another denomination, where I liked the hymns and the beautiful stained-glass windows.
Christian Science came into my life about ten years ago while I was living abroad for a long stretch. I found out about it through a Christian Science Sentinel magazine that was given to me.
“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” ( Psalms 107:2 ). My life has surely been redeemed in countless ways since I received my first copy of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy.
I devoted a great deal of my life’s journey to finding the truth of my being. This spiritual path took me from one teaching to another as I searched for a way to live that would be vital, real, and give me peace with God.
When our now-adult sons were in grade school, a fellow mom invited me to a Christian Science lecture. She asked, “Have you ever heard of Christian Science?” My answer was, “No.