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No more alcohol
Though I had been raised in Christian Science, I was no longer studying it when I first met my husband. I had no idea what it was like to live with a heavy drinker, but I found out soon after we were married when home life became very difficult. I attended Al-Anon (a group for friends and families of alcoholics). Though they were loving and encouraging, there seemed to be little hope of complete healing.
Later, I again began studying Christian Science because of a need for physical healing (see my testimony in the Sentinel of March 26, 1990). With the truths of God and man we find in our study, I was better equipped to meet this drinking problem. Not only did I have to contend with my anger at the situation, but I also needed to learn not to feel sorry for my husband. It was a time of learning more how to see the man whom God created, where mortal sense sees addiction.
Eventually, I felt led to train for work as a Christian Science nurse. This activity helped me discover more of my own self-worth and be more conscious of my own thoughts. I remember reading Mary Baker Eddy’s statement, “Be watchful, sober, and vigilant” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 324) and recognizing that this was a direction for me, not a method of judging my husband. It took great discipline to do this consistently, but it brought rewards.
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JSH-Online comment, Linda Eysenbach, Anne Holway Higgins, Joyce McClure and Gayle Steinmetz
To end all wars
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'Mightier than the noise of many waters'
Accepting a greater love
Mary Baker Eddy and Abraham Lincoln
God's saving wisdom
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What got me started
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Diagnosed lung cancer healed
Severe chest pain overcome
Several generations of healing
John H. M. Whitaker
No more alcohol
Dorothy Davis with contributions from Tom Davis
Build the economy on Truth