"I felt spiritually awakened"

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.

I was brought up in France in a little town where only one church had been established since the mid-twelfth century. Though the area has been frequently war torn, this beautiful Gothic church still stands. Once in a while, I would attend Sunday services or go to the chapel nearby where doctrine was taught. My parents, although atheists, didn't mind my inquisitive independence, as long as it was for the sake of good.

This introduction to Christianity was enough to spur me to pray to God. The Lord's Prayer was often a comfort. I would sometimes have great "conversations" with God, but I felt I couldn't really comprehend the meaning of the word God.

April 8, 1991

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