I was raised in a home where Christian Science was practiced...

I was raised in a home where Christian Science was practiced by both parents. One of the earliest instances of healing I recall occurred when I was about ten years old. We had just moved to a new state, and I was soon to start school. A few days before school began, I fell off my bicycle and the hand brake lodged deep in my leg. I managed to free myself and ran into the house to find my mother. After we both calmed ourselves, she called a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me. I remember that the injury appeared serious. And while I don't remember exactly how we prayed, I do recall the great sense of peace and trust that came through the practitioner's work. My mother cleaned and bandaged the wound. In just a few days I was participating in gym class in my new school, and the healing was soon complete.

Instruction in the Christian Science Sunday School and my home background supported me during a period in my teenage and college years when I was not exactly living up to the standards of Science. The moral lessons I had learned, however, were a foundation on which to lean when it seemed as if my life were getting out of control.

January 13, 1992

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