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.

December 24, 1990

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