As a young man in my teens, I took to drinking

As a young man in my teens, I took to drinking. I went from one wild experience to another having no regard for law and order in any form. When under the influence of alcohol, I became defiant and did as I pleased, regardless of the feelings of loved ones or friends. I had no aim in life and felt I could run from all my problems. I just didn't care about anything.

My wrong desires led me into many serious scrapes with the law. The authorities tried all kinds of methods of correction until violence was met with violence. My bitter hatred for law and order and those who enforced it grew.

One night in a drunken rage I took a razor blade and attempted to take my life. When I saw the terrible thing I had done, I awoke my mother, a dedicated Christian Scientist, and she took care of me. Only in times like this did I ever turn to my mother. Even on occasions when I became violent and extremely dangerous, Mother was never afraid of me. She saw spiritual perfection right where this erroneous picture seemed to be. I know now my mother's prayerful work was very effective.

Words of Current Interest
April 7, 1973

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