Recently I attended a Wednesday evening testimony meeting...

Recently I attended a Wednesday evening testimony meeting in the branch church where I first learned the rudiments of Christian Science. The readings that evening were focused on freedom, and this, combined with my joy to be in the long-familiar edifice, gave me a new insight into the good influence this particular congregation had had on me when I was taking my first independent steps in Christian Science.

Although I had been raised in Science, my own uncertain understanding caused me to drift away from its teachings during my early years of high school. I began smoking cigarettes in the eighth grade, daily smoking marijuana in the ninth grade, and by the time I was halfway through the tenth year of school I had experimented with virtually every form of "high" that then existed. I became emaciated. In the words that Shakespeare gave to Richard II, I could have said, "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."

October 23, 1978

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