I went to a Christian Science Sunday School in my early...

I went to a Christian Science Sunday School in my early years, but not until later in life did I really value what I'd been taught, or appreciate those who had made the effort to teach me.

When I was three years into a four-year college engineering program, the young woman I was engaged to suddenly ended our relationship. Although I continued to attend classes, I was too grief-stricken to study seriously. My grades, which had never been outstanding, floundered, and it appeared that my career in engineering would also be lost. What little comfort I experienced during these months came when I studied the Bible and Science and Health. For months I was stuck in a state of sorrow and self-pity.

About three weeks before final examinations, I telephoned a Christian Science practitioner for help. (Years before I had come to respect this kind and insightful woman, who had been one of my Sunday School teachers.) I explained to her the emotional problem I had been struggling with and my fear of failing in college. She assured me of God's love and care for me, and pointed out the spiritual fact that God made me complete and whole, not needing another person in order to be complete. With the practitioner's prayers and uplifting words, I became joyous, and was completely free of depression within three days.

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January 17, 1994

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