Cherishing me

One of an occasional series of articles by young people who have in recent years become Christian Scientists. They explain how they became interested in Christian Science, what convinced them of its utility and truth, and how its teachings have changed their lives.

As a teen-ager I didn't like myself very much. As a matter of fact, I wished I was popular, and that kind of wishing made me very unhappy. In grammar school a classmate made up a list of short personality descriptions—one phrase for each class member. Mine was: "a pretty girl who hates you." I was shattered, since I thought the other kids were the ones who didn't like me, not the other way around. It was a difficult time.

At this point I started reading a New Testament my grandfather had given me. We had spent some happy afternoons walking in fields together and gathering wildflowers. He inscribed the book: "There are some lovely flowers in this meadow." It seemed very important to discover what flowers he was talking about.

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Watching the people
June 9, 1980

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