As a lifelong Christian Scientist, I once envied people who...

As a lifelong Christian Scientist, I once envied people who had found this religion later in life. I thought I had missed the experience of awakening into spiritual consciousness in a moment of great inspiration.

This misconception was corrected when I came to understand that each student of Christian Science must make it his or her own; there is no free ride on a parent's (or any other person's) shoulders. Paul said, "Work out your own salvation." Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health, "The recognition of Spirit and of infinity comes not suddenly here or hereafter" and "Emerge gently from matter into Spirit. Think not to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come naturally into Spirit through better health and morals and as the result of spiritual growth." Pondering these statements, I began to see that I'd had many instances of spiritual insight and healing.

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March 15, 1993
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