Suicide isn't the answer

There's a solution for the emotional pain that drives so many to despair: God, divine Love.

I Was a teen-ager at the time and felt my life was closing in around me. I had been thinking a lot about suicide. One afternoon when I was especially depressed, I put my rifle against my head with my thumb pulling the trigger. I had won awards as a sharpshooter, so I knew how close to the release point the trigger was when, with the feeling that there had to be something better, I put the rifle down.

Years later I found out that my mother had been aware of my problems and had been quietly praying. Because we were Christian Scientists, it was natural for her to ask a Christian Science practitioner to pray, as well, to help heal her fear for my safety. I have no doubt that my mother's prayers and her steadfast love for me were part of what protected me while I learned to turn to God for help.

November 16, 1987

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