At one time in my life I strayed from practicing...

At one time in my life I strayed from practicing Christian Science. I also became rather self-seeking, selfish, and hard, with a tendency to justify my mistakes. Around that time I suffered facial paralysis. Yet I did not return to Christian Science for help. Instead I employed the services of a chiropractor. He treated me for about three months, and the paralysis slowly cleared up. But I was not really healed, nor had the quality of my thought improved.

Two years later, on Christmas Day in 1971, the paralysis returned. During the previous two years I had studied Christian Science off and on but not for long. And I certainly didn't like the kind of person I had become. So when the paralysis recurred, I just knew that this time I had to rely on God for healing. I started by reading Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. The chapter titled "Christian Science Practice," gave me inspiration and strength.

At that time I called a Christian Science practitioner to help me. She recommended that I read the chapter "Seedtime and Harvest" in Mrs. Eddy's book Unity of Good. One passage states (p. 8): "Everything is as real as you make it, and no more so. What you see, hear, feel, is a mode of consciousness, and can have no other reality than the sense you entertain of it." This greatly impressed me. The practitioner also encouraged me to gain a better understanding of God's law and what it means to be obedient to His law.

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January 23, 1984

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