Although I had been raised in a family of Christian Scientists...

Although I had been raised in a family of Christian Scientists and as a child regularly attended a Christian Science Sunday School, as an adult I often found myself not practicing this teaching. However, several years ago, when I was confronted with a troublesome employment situation, Christian Science was put into practice with healing results. At that time my work was rewarding and enjoyable but offered few advancement opportunities. In addition, my immediate supervisor was difficult to communicate with and had the reputation of being hard to work for.

After great deliberation on my part about how to solve this situation through means other than Christian Science, my mother lovingly recommended that I pray about the situation as well as request prayerful support from a Christian Science practitioner. I decided to do this and called a practitioner, who recommended I study Mrs. Eddy's answer to the question "What is Mind?" found in Science and Health. Of particular interest was this statement (pp. 469–470): "With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science." Over a period of a few weeks a clearer understanding of the real man as God's perfect expression unfolded. It became obvious that my thinking needed to be changed. The practitioner suggested that I see this whole experience as an opportunity to express more of the God-derived qualities, such as love, kindness, integrity, and intelligence. I did, and as these qualities became more familiar within my consciousness, they then became a part of my life. I had learned something of what Christ Jesus meant when he taught obedience to the commandment, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matt. 19: 19). During this time of spiritual growth a more harmonious relationship developed on the job with my supervisor. We became more sincere and honest with each other, and lasting mutual respect and friendship were established.

June 28, 1982

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