"I quit condemning myself and others"

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.

Ever since I was a young child I have wanted to help people. When I was about twelve years old I began visiting children's hospitals on Saturdays. I would go there and just spend time with the children and read books to them. The school that I attended encouraged us to help others.

One of my classes was on the Bible. I think this introduction to the Bible helped prepare my thought for Christian Science when it was introduced to me later by another Bible teacher, who was not a Christian Scientist but thought highly of its textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.

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God's will is wholly good
July 8, 1991

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