This has been a very productive, progressive year in Christian Science...

This has been a very productive, progressive year in Christian Science for my family. The healing of a crime situation was very effectively worked out. Upon arriving home from a vacation, we found our home had been robbed. We took the legal steps in calling the police. I called a Christian Science practitioner, and we prayed to recognize God's law-abiding man. Our desire was to hurt no one in uncovering error, and to eliminate belief in animal magnetism as crime working through men.

As I studied the and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, I felt very strongly the robbing had been done by neighborhood boys. So I passed the word out that we expected the guilty boys to come forward and return the stolen items and tell their parents. The next day two neighborhood boys, go-betweens, threw a note at our door that said they would see that our goods were returned, provided we carried out many conditions they outlined. Because the conditions did not seem honest, we held firm and remained prayerfully silent. Within twenty-four hours we had three high school boys come to our door to confess. We asked them to call their parents and have them come to our home.

We had a very productive session with the boys and their parents that evening marked by confidence and trust, a renewal of some self-respect for the boys, and the restoration of harmony between parents and young adults. The boys returned stolen items that evening and in the week that followed. They revealed other robberies they had taken part in, or knew of, and gave information about the vandalizing of a local golf course that had been going on for four years. One of the boys admitted he had contemplated suicide twice because of his deep involvement in these criminal acts, and because he had felt he had no place to turn. We talked to the boys of the importance of their being responsible for their actions, and said we felt they were ready to take a stand for truth. We told them Love was opening to them the right solution that would help everyone concerned, and that we cared for them very much.

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August 8, 1977

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