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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):
College: Make it a time of fulfillment
DAVID C. KENNEDY
The spiritual fact—and that goes for all of us
MARGARET SINGLETON DECKER
VIRGINIA CANADAY PIKE
Striving yet yielding
CLARE L. GATES
A job offer
CAROLYN F. RUFFIN
Prayer can solve world problems
MARILYN JANE RIMMINGTON
Being a better thinker
GEOFFREY J. BARRATT
Drawing your line of demarcation
NATHAN A. TALBOT
When nighttime's here
Virginia L. Scott
My gratitude for Christian Science is very deep
KATHRYN GRONBERG with contributions from W. E. GRONBERG
Ten years ago I was pursuing a premed program in college and...
JACK DOUGLAS TRAIN
LETTERS TO THE PRESS
ROBERT A. MILLER