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A STORY OF GRACE
I was introduced to Christian Science in the late 1970s by relatives who had recently discovered it for themselves. They gave me a copy of Science and Health, and I read the book from cover to cover, concluding that if any religion were true, it would be Christian Science. I started attending a Christian Science church, and experienced a few healings through prayer with the support of a Christian Science practitioner. But, as I continued to read Science and Health, I grew increasingly uncomfortable with all the references to God and Jesus.
At the time, I was drinking heavily, and occasionally smoked marijuana. Although I really wanted to escape from the pain associated with a materially focused life, I was struggling to hold on to the pleasures sought in drugs and alcohol. Soon, I decided that Christian Science might work for others, but that it just didn't work for me. I stopped attending church and reading Science and Health. After several more sporadic attempts to reconnect with the goodness I'd gained from my earlier spiritual study, I gave up on Christian Science altogether.
Decades had passed when I found myself facing a serious situation. I was a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning contractor, and the building industry was in a severe slump. After a major payment problem with another contractor, I was charged with a criminal transgression and sent to jail for keeping a piece of expensive equipment as collateral.
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Doug Sytsma is a Christian Science practitioner in Denver, Colorado.
with contributions from DOROTHY B. LOMBARD, CURTIS KAINE, HELEN HOLDEN, DAVE HORN
The 'grace way' to solvency
WARREN BOLON, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Joe Birch, Jason Bain
A life in balance
BY MICHAEL PABST
Our livelihood—entrusted to God
BY JOAN MIKKELSEN
Prayer paves a practical road out of consumer debt
BY PAMELA FAATZ
A STORY OF GRACE
BY DOUG SYTSMA
NOT HALF BUT WHOLE
BY KATHLEEN S. MCKOWN
BACK TO SQUARE ONE WITH GOD
BY ALI TOZIER
God helps us at camp—and everywhere
with contributions from Lucy Jane Hurley, Justin Wad
POINTS OF LIGHT
YOUR RIGHT TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING
TRUST IN GOD 'STEP BY STEP'
CHARLES R. HARVUOT
'I AM THE LORD, YOUR PHYSICIAN'
HEALED BEFORE TESTIMONY MEETING