My wife and I found Christian Science at a time of great need

My wife and I found Christian Science at a time of great need. We were living in a private boarding school where I found my first teaching position after college. There was a great deal of responsibility in this job, and many daily pressures and demands. I tried at all times to do my best, but gradually I found myself less and less able to cope with the stress of what was for us a very different life than we had ever before known. I began to drink during off duty hours more heavily than was my habit, and, worse still, I went to a physician for a prescription of tranquilizers, as I sincerely believed at the time I needed them to enable me to carry out my daily duties.

After a year I had developed severe physical problems brought about by my emotional imbalance. The additional medicines I was taking to treat the physical and emotional disorders only made me worse. In addition, we had a very sickly child who seemed oftentimes a burden to us. We found ourselves at the very edge of despair.

It was about this time we were befriended by a couple who are Christian Scientists. There had recently been a wonderful healing in their family. We asked questions of them about this religion. They gave us a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, but at first we could not understand it. They then recommended we call a Christian Science practitioner in a nearby city, which we did.

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February 5, 1977

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