A few years ago I reached a point where life seemed to be one immense...

A few years ago I reached a point where life seemed to be one immense dark void. For a little over thirteen years I had been struggling to free myself from the enslavement of alcohol. The days just continued to pass, bringing with them a sense of loneliness, discouragement, and worthlessness. I even attempted suicide as a means of escape, and was placed under the care of a psychiatrist. But there was no change in my mental outlook, and the desire for drink did not lessen.

At this time a dear friend asked me if I would visit a Christian Science practitioner. I said that I would, for nothing else had done any good.

As soon as I entered the practioner's office, I experienced for the first time the true sense of love. There was a peace there that heretofore I had not known. She read me this Bible passage from II Timothy (1:7): "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." She then spoke to me of God's love for all His children. She said that I was needed, that there is a place for each one of us, and that each of us has a purpose. Immediately I knew that I had found that for which I was searching. My questions could be answered. She read to me from the textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 6): "'God is Love.' More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go."

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November 16, 1968

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