Deep listening showed me the way

Christian Science came into my family through both of my grandmothers. Once, during a visit to a busy town in the Netherlands, one of my grandmothers and I were separated from the rest of the family. I remember how I, as a 9-year-old, very resolutely determined the direction to go in order to find the others. After finding them, my grandmother declared that I was a good “listener.” By that she meant I had been able to discern God’s caring presence and follow Him. That sounded like a wonderful compliment to me, and I strove to cultivate this ability to listen as I grew up.

Later, I realized that this kind of listening is the discernment of the Christ-message that comes to my consciousness from God. It was not coming in the form of any advice telling me: “Turn right, then left, and after that straight ahead.” Rather, the Christ was conveying an absolute calm assurance to me that I was on the right path, always in the presence of the Divine.

After moving to Berlin to start college, I had a Sunday School teacher who was also a Christian Science practitioner. He often helped me through prayer when I was in need of healing. I had a deep desire to put into practice my understanding of Christian Science more effectively. And when, a year later, this practitioner became a teacher of Christian Science, I decided to apply for class instruction in Christian Science with him, while I was still a college student.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Items of Interest
Muslim holiday of Ramadan begins
July 8, 2013

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.