I found a friend

All through my early years I regularly attended the Christian Science Sunday School. I enjoyed that one hour each week, where I met young people, like myself, and grown-ups who thought and talked in a way that made me feel good. In Sunday School we were taught that God loves all His children, and that He made all of them good. God has all power and He made man perfect and keeps him that way—this is God's way of loving man.

I learned that God expresses good qualities in all of us and I had to see this. In fact, I could have more fun if I appreciated the good in all my friends, instead of expecting them to be just like me.

When I was thirteen, I went to a swimming party at a very large high school pool. There were dozens of teen-agers there, from churches all over the city. I didn't know any of them, and I was kind of shy. So I played by myself. Although I didn't know anything about swimming, I got into the shallow end of the pool and started bouncing up and down across the water.

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Waking up from self-deception
June 19, 1978

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