I want to express my gratitude for the joy and peace and purpose...

I want to express my gratitude for the joy and peace and purpose Christian Science has given me. I was raised in Science and regularly attended the Christian Science Sunday School. Throughout my growing-up years, whenever I became ill my parents would pray for me and sometimes call a Christian Science practitioner for prayerful support, and healing would be swift. Thus I grew up confident of God's healing love.

However, in my early twenties I experienced upheaval and grief, which led me to question everything that I had believed in. I became doubtful of the teachings of Christian Science and looked for other explanations of reality and of God. I even doubted God's existence. I experimented with various lifestyles and philosophies. Throughout this difficult period, God's protection kept me from harm, even though I sometimes engaged in unwise activities. Despite the mental confusion, I continued to search for a clear view of what life was all about.

Eventually, at a very low point in my life, I began to read Christian Science lectures published in The Christian Science Monitor, which my mother sent to me. I saw that I had never really understood the teachings of Christian Science but had, for the most part, merely accepted the healings that had come to me through the prayers of my parents and of practitioners. I decided to study Christian Science. This meant changing many habits and attitudes and leaving behind certain friendships.

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December 24, 1990

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