Are we worthy to be the children of God?

When I was a very small child, in the early 1900s, my parents did a socially unacceptable thing—they divorced. I remained with my mother, and by the time I was in the eighth grade in school there was not enough income to continue my education. I had to go to work. The feeling of guilt and shame about coming from a broken home and about the poverty and lack of education gave me a sense of unworthiness. Since these conditions were not of my own making, I felt bitter and unhappy. III much of the time, and not feeling loved or cared for, I decided I didn't want to live. Consuming alcohol seemed to ease the pain, temporarily at least. Under these depressing circumstances there were several attempts at suicide, and I became an alcoholic by the time I was in my late teens.

Then came the glorious and joyful day when Christian Science was introduced into my life. A woman who had known my family years before loaned me a copy of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. As I read the pages of this wonderfully enlightening book, I learned and accepted the fact that I was God's loved child, not a slave to alcohol. I learned also that God is my Father-Mother and that as divine Love He mercifully meets all human needs. With this wonderful sense of being loved and cared for without condemnation, I was healed of alcoholism and freed from the feeling of shame and unworthiness. The tendency to blame others for my unfortunate circumstances left me completely, and I was able to forgive. This forgiveness, this love for others, healed the hurt and bitterness. The Word of God had changed my life.

God's daughter
August 8, 1994

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