During my younger years and into my twenties I was plagued...

During my younger years and into my twenties I was plagued by a speech difficulty. An operation in a medical hospital in my childhood failed as a solution. The healing came after I became an active student of Christian Science, after I had joined The Mother Church and a local branch church and was asked by the executive board if I would serve as a Sunday School teacher.

This invitation to teach Sunday School presented a real challenge. In ordinary circumstances I had learned to cope somewhat with the handicap. Reading aloud was out of the question. To teach a Sunday School class seemed an impossibility. I prayed about it. To refuse the appointment on the basis of fear and lack would be for me to admit continuing limitation. To accept the appointment I would have to have a changed mental outlook.

I could see that the Sunday School was an activity provided in the Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy. I was beginning to understand that the purpose of the activities identified with the Church Manual is a God-governed purpose, and complete. I was learning that those who truly identified spiritually with the idea of The Mother Church and its Manual-based activities identified themselves as well with the spiritual completeness of God's creation.

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April 2, 1977

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