[Original in Dutch]

As a youngster I came into contact with Christian Science and...

As a youngster I came into contact with Christian Science and wanted to follow it. But a child's experience goes through many phases. After some years of my reading the Bible Lesson (outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly), a different sentiment crept in: "I've read these lessons often enough; I know them by now." Sometimes I was tempted to think that others could stay home comfortably during minor illnesses, but I had to pray to heal an illness. The loving encouragement of my mother at that time was a great help.

Difficult circumstances compel you to grow from simple acceptance to understanding; they compel you to turn more completely to the source of all understanding, divine Mind. During the Second World War my mother and I were imprisoned in a war camp for women on Java. Through my understanding of Christian Science I was able to support others, and adults asked me to come and talk with them, even though I was not yet eighteen.

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