Are you sure?
This bookmark will be removed from all folders and any saved notes will be permanently removed.
Use it or lose it
As preteens, my brother and I spent six months on a ranch near the Mexican border. In order to communicate with most of the workers and inhabitants, we needed at least a smattering of Spanish. Later on at the university, I had to include a foreign language in my schedule. Spanish was the line of least resistance, and with no special effort I made an A in the course.
There followed twenty-five or thirty years during which I had no occasion to read, write, or speak Spanish. Then, one day I picked up The Christian Science Monitor and started to read the religious article on The Home Forum page. That day the translation was in Spanish, and I thought it would be fun to test my memory. An hour later, having struggled through only part of the article, I gave up! Apparently, a better-than-average knowledge had been lost, simply through lack of use and demonstration.
I had been contending with a serious physical problem, which was becoming chronic, in spite of the loving help from a Christian Science practitioner. The incident that showed me the loss of my Spanish made me feel that there must be a lesson to be learned. A review of my experience in Christian Science was called for.
Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.
With tongues of angels
ROBERT A. CHARBENEAU
Small change—big difference
BRUCE C. JOHNSON
The Christian accent
Use it or lose it
WALTER CARTER BUTLER
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
Taking our cue from Spirit
"Hang up, error. My line's busy!"
MARGUERITE McCULLEY ARMSTRONG
FROM THE DIRECTORS
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Do we need to improve?
Love maintains the church
CAROLYN B. SWAN
Udai B. Hoffberg
Since becoming interested in Christian Science...
VIOLET E. G. WOOD
In January 1982 there was a lot of talk about the flu, and how...
BRAD HILL with contributions from ELEANOR KRAHL HILL
I am continually grateful that my parents took up the study of...
HAZEL B. CHRISTENSEN