The summer following my sophomore year in high school I...

The summer following my sophomore year in high school I became very tense and nervous and found it difficult to relax or fully enjoy my activities. This condition continued into my junior year of high school, and I did little about it except complain. Finally, when the condition began to worsen, I consulted a Christian Science practitioner. The practitioner helped me understand the need to spiritualize consciousness and realize my identity as the perfect child of God, free and happy, not subject to discord. I then realized I had been trying to find my happiness through people, the material world, and human activities. I realized the need to change my concept of myself and to see myself as complete, without relying on materiality as a source of happiness—to see myself complete with Father-Mother God.

I pondered the statement from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy (p. vii), "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." From this I knew I needed to depend on God and express His qualities of truth and love. The Bible verse (Ps. 55:22), "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee," was a great help in realizing God's ever-present care and love.

Testimony of Healing
Often one searches far off for that which is close at hand
December 18, 1978

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