I had been exposed to Christian Science in childhood and had...

I had been exposed to Christian Science in childhood and had attended a Christian Science Sunday School during high school years, but I had not accepted this teaching as my own. After I graduated from high school, my relationship with my family was discordant and unhappy. I was involved in the use of drugs and what is to me, now, an immoral life-style. I was frustrated and rebellious without really understanding why.

A friend and I took a dose of a drug while on a day's trip to a nearby city. The drug was extremely strong and aggressively depressing. Everything around us seemed futile and ridiculous. All we could see seemed to be ugliness and decay. We finally reached the point that we felt we could not go on, physically or mentally, and life appeared not worth living. The thought of suicide presented itself to us simultaneously. This surprised and stunned us both, and we felt helpless to do anything about it.

My thought desperately reached out for an alternative to this hopeless sense of existence, and in the middle of the hallucination and despair, a very simple answer came to my thought, "Christian Science."

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Words of Current Interest
December 11, 1976

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