Turning down the noise—with love

This testimony was originally read during an online Wednesday testimony meeting of The Mother Church and has been adapted for print.

Hymn No. 12 in the Christian Science Hymnal, which opened today’s service, prompted me to recall an experience I had over 40 years ago. While a graduate student, I lived in a dormitory. Toward the end of one spring semester, the two young women who shared the room next to mine embarked upon nightly carousals. Immorality in a variety of forms, including drugs, alcohol, and quite a bit of noise, disrupted the other residents on the entire floor of the dormitory for several weeks, just when these residents were trying to study for final exams. Appeals to the two women to desist, and even threats of a drug raid from the campus police, had no effect. 

One Sunday morning, as I was preparing to leave for church after another sleepless night, I mentally reached out to God for a harmonious and peaceful solution, rather than one of deleterious punishment. As I did so, these lines from Hymn No. 12, written by Violet Hay, came to thought: “In Thine own image we may see / Man pure and upright, whole and free.” I felt filled with warm spiritual love for the two women as I recognized their identities as the hymn described them. 

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