A lifelong Christian Scientist, I was enrolled in...

A lifelong Christian Scientist, I was enrolled in the Christian Science Sunday School at the age of four. I continued there until age thirteen, when we moved to an area that did not have a Church of Christ, Scientist. But my mother "carried" church with us, for the Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly was studied faithfully every day, and this Science was practiced to the best of our understanding.

As a young mother, I suffered from nervous prostration. My own mother saw my extreme fear and said, "You mustn't be afraid. Remember Job's words (3:25), 'The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me.' "I certainly did not want to be afraid, but how was I to get rid of fear? Then came the message (I John 4:18), "Perfect love casteth out fear." I reasoned, "God is perfect Love; He casts out fear; but what must I do?" Again came an angel thought, "I must express that perfect Love."

May 3, 1982

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