It began with one idea

I’ve officially been a Christian Scientist and member of The Mother Church since 1981, but my journey in Christian Science began almost thirty years earlier. As a small child I happened to catch a portion of a radio show I later learned was about Christian Science. A woman told how she had been suddenly accosted in her kitchen by an escaped felon. Extremely afraid, she had immediately turned to prayer. At that moment, she said, she saw that God had created that man, and that he was innocent as God’s child. Her fear vanished, and as I remember, the encounter ended harmoniously. I learned from this program that all men and women were loving children of God.

I thought about that idea literally millions of times throughout my childhood, in almost every situation—when I was lost and needed directions, when I felt angry or judgmental, when I was disappointed in social situations at school, and more. It helped shape my thought about the world, about God as all-good, and about people as being the image of God.

I worked my way through law school, and later as a young lawyer I frequented a courthouse that was next door to a Christian Science Reading Room. Every day I read the weekly Christian Science Bible Lesson on my lunch break. At first it didn’t make total sense to me and I balked, wondering why some passages of the Bible were chosen and others were not. Yet I was drawn to it, then to reading Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, and, of course, the Bible. 

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