"I wanted to build on rock"

Who couldn't use more light, more clarity in a time of questioning? And if we are in the middle of our own search for light, it sometimes helps to hear the experiences of others who are finding "there ariseth light in the darkness," as the Psalmist describes it. This column records some experiences that may be useful to those who are looking for new answers. The accounts are anonymous in order to give authors the opportunity to talk freely about earlier lifestyles and attitudes that may have been considerably different from what they now value. Of necessity, the recounting of experiences is telescoped in its time frame, and these narratives do not attempt to tell a complete story. But they do show something of the wide range of seekers and the way in which the light of Christ, Truth, restores, redirects, and regenerates lives.

Apart from being taken to the occasional "Harvest Thanksgiving Service," I had no religious background or training as a child. From the age of five, I wanted to be a teacher. From fifteen or sixteen I avidly read the New Testament, completely captivated by the central character. At seventeen I became a Christian and felt "called" to teach Religious Education in the school system.

I really enjoyed teaching, and also worshiping in the state church. It was such a joy when my parents soon began accompanying me to church and joined the parish branch of the Bible-reading fellowship of which I was in charge.

November 5, 1990

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