Growing up in the 90s

Your life is worth living

Have you ever thought that you wanted to end your life? I used to feel that way. Yet each time this occurred, something stopped me from acting on my feelings. I realize now that "something" was Christ, the divine message of healing and salvation, lifting my thought into a clearer understanding of my unity with God. You can come to feel this closeness to God, too, no matter what is going on in your life.

Before I go any further, let me say that if you aren't feeling God's love right at this moment, don't be discouraged. And don't hesitate to ask a trusted friend or a responsible adult for help, if that's what your prayers lead you to do. Whether or not you decide to confide in someone, though, remember that God, divine Love, is always at hand to give you the comfort and support you need. The Bible promises, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

The first time I thought I wanted to end my life, I was about eleven years old. I was terribly unhappy at home, and there wasn't anyone with whom I felt comfortable sharing my problems. However, my mom was taking me to the Christian Science Sunday School. Each week I learned more about God as infinite Love and about my relationship to Him as His child.

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