Although for many years I had accepted Christian Science...

Although for many years I had accepted Christian Science as true and logical, at a time when I found myself suffering physically I unwittingly believed suffering to be real and powerful. Above all else I longed to be healed of the physical discomfort. The condition was that of small ulcers on one leg. During the course of a year I requested help periodically from a Christian Science practitioner and received some relief, but never during that year was I completely free of the problem.

The practitioner recommended numerous citations to study from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I was told that studying these references would help me to know myself through a better understanding of God, but that was not exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to be free of the ulcers, and it seemed that the citations were little more than something to take my mind off a sore leg. I had yet to learn that in Christian Science the role of a patient is an active not a passive one.

June 8, 1981

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