Every day I find new reasons to be grateful for divine Love's...

Every day I find new reasons to be grateful for divine Love's unifying and purifying purpose, and it's time to express this gratitude in writing. I grew up attending a Christian Science Sunday School, but during my teen years I opted to stop attending.

After years of immoral behavior and many discordant, painful relationships based on a false sense of life and love, I reached a point where I was ready to begin my spiritual footsteps home and was gradually led back to the study of Christian Science. In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy defines wilderness as "loneliness; doubt; darkness. Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence" (p. 597). I had had enough of the darkness and was ready to approach the vestibule—I knew I needed to learn more about God.

As I devoted time to learning more about our Father-Mother, Love, and to understanding my oneness with our divine Parent, in that proportion the erroneous sense of self and life began to fade away. The use of medicinal and recreational drugs, swearing, and lying disappeared almost without my awareness. I took a stand for purity and decided not to become involved in another relationship until I understood more clearly what love really is. I have since learned that my completeness comes from God. He is my husband, my best friend. My joy and happiness are derived from God's kingdom, which is within each one of us. This realization has been so comforting and satisfying to me.

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Testimony of Healing
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December 30, 1996

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