After being discharged from a psychiatric hospital, I lived for...

After being discharged from a psychiatric hospital, I lived for over thirty years in what is known as "home care." I was under the constant supervision of a caretaker. The psychiatrist at the hospital prescribed medication to manage schizophrenia, the diagnosed ailment. Every sixty days I was interviewed by a psychiatric social worker. I lived in constant fear of being recommitted to the hospital.

I resented being required to take medication, and I prayed daily to be healed. My father wrote to me and sent me a subscription to The Christian Science Monitor. He also made sure I had copies of the Bible and of Science and Health and the current issue of the Christian Science Quarterly so that I could study the Bible Lesson.

It was very hard for me when my dear father and mother and brother passed on. Soon I lost touch with my sister, also. But I continued my daily study of Christian Science. I especially prayed for a better understanding of this passage in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: "God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence. Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, 'The meek shall inherit the earth.' The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven. The great rock gives shadow and shelter. The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth" (p. 516).

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October 6, 1997

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