God loves me!

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.

[Original in Spanish]

When I was a child, the only thing that was very important to me was that whatever I was going to do, I learn to do it right. This became a preoccupation, and I worried about making mistakes. It was a sort of perfectionism, trying to do everything perfectly, to have a perfect human experience. Sometimes I became terribly afraid of being punished because of something that I hadn't done right. In my country we were taught that God would punish us when we didn't do things just right. My health during this time was frail.

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The importance of turning at once to God
February 25, 1991

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