At an early age I drifted away from the religious teaching I had...

At an early age I drifted away from the religious teaching I had had as a child. I came to scorn religion and considered myself an atheist. I had very little respect for the law and took on a hippie life style—experimenting with illegal drugs, smoking heavily, and drinking alcohol to excess. Needless to say, I was an unhappy and confused individual much of the time.

At a low point, I began to realize how much I needed help and prayed desperately for God's guidance. My prayers were surely answered, for I was prompted to move to a different city where I soon met a kind woman who took me under her wing. At first, she did not mention religion—she knew how I felt about that subject. But her unselfish love and uncondemning way made me aware that there was something different about her. After many months she invited me to go to church with her, and I accepted. When I entered the Church of Christ, Scientist, and saw these words on the wall, "God is love" (I John 4:8), I knew I had found what I was searching for.

There is a hymn in the Christian Science Hymnal that has a special meaning for me. The first verse of it reads (No. 19):

Testimony of Healing
Ten years ago I was pursuing a premed program in college and...
November 5, 1979

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