I was reared in a home where my mother, as a student of...

I Was reared in a home where my mother, as a student of Christian Science, consistently endeavored to express the Christly qualities of faith, virtue, patience, charity. My father, however, caused much heartache in our home with his erratic behavior brought on by the periodic abuse of alcohol.

Much of my youth was spent in fearful anticipation of what a day might bring. Feelings of embarrassment and disrespect often accompanied the fear. After the passing of my mother, I found myself sharing the family house with my dad and my young son. Although the drinking had subsided, I still carried what, in today's terms, would be called the "scars" of having had an alcoholic parent. In addition, my father was now companioning with a young woman who had made her presence known long before my mother's passing.

The past and present circumstances weighed heavily on my heart. I was always troubled by my feelings toward my dad because they did not consistently coincide with what I was learning through my study of Christian Science about God and man. Over the years there were periods of spiritual illumination which brought much peace, but they were not sustained in the face of senseless behavior.

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Testimony of Healing
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September 24, 1990

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