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TeenConnect: Turning Point

The ride of my life

From the May 30, 2016 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

From the teen series: Turning Point - April 26, 2016

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TeenConnect: Turning Point

It was a horse that helped me make Christian Science truly “my own.”

I was fourteen. I’d been attending the Christian Science Sunday School since I was six and had had many healings. But my parents had always taken the lead. I’d never been asked to call a practitioner on my own or to treat a situation as “mine” to pray about.

Then came the news that I needed to sell my horse. My family was struggling financially, and the neighborhood stable was closing. Also, because I was starting high school in the fall, I wouldn’t have much time for my equine friend. I accepted why I needed to sell my horse; I just wasn’t prepared for the “how.”

To complicate things further, my mom explained that since I was the horse’s owner, I was

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responsible for selling him. This was a little intimidating. My mom encouraged me to prepare myself spiritually. She and my dad would support me, she told me, but if I wanted help from a Christian Science practitioner, then I would have to make the call. 

This was a serious step for me. I procrastinated. I dreaded having to call and ask for help. I finally realized I was afraid, but I knew that God would give me the courage to pick up the phone. I prayed with one of my favorite passages from the Bible: “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion” (Psalms 71:1).

“Please, God, help me!” was all I could muster.

When I finally called and the practitioner lovingly told me she would be happy to pray, all my nervousness left. She suggested I study several passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, including this one: “All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. 514). By the end of the conversation, I felt ready to be a witness to God’s love for me, my horse, and his future owner.

I wrote up an ad for my horse and soon received a call from the family of a nine- or ten-year-old girl. They wanted to see my horse and have the girl ride him. This family felt like the answer to prayer.

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But on the day we were supposed to meet, my horse started limping as I rode him before they arrived. I dismounted in a panic. Here I was all by myself! There was no way to call the practitioner, my parents were off running errands, and now the prospective buyers would come and see that my horse was lame. 

“Please, God, help me!” was all I could muster. 

Instantly, that passage from Science and Health came back to me, and I realized that, because he was really God’s creation, my horse was useful and had a purpose to bless the next little girl who would own him. He was really an indestructible idea of God, sound, and free of limitation. There was no lie in the form of a physical condition that could say otherwise.

Within minutes, my horse began walking and trotting without any sign of lameness. And that very day, the family bought my horse! 

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— Lisa Andrews—Staff

I helped them load him into their horse trailer, and waved good-bye to my beloved friend. I was so happy to have sold him, but then, suddenly, I was overwhelmed with grief. Again, the passage from Science and Health came to thought. I realized that my horse needed to bless others with his usefulness, and I was truly happy for the little girl who now owned him. Just as suddenly, the sadness left; I knew God was caring for all of us.

This series of healings made a tremendous impact on me, and I saw very clearly that “all things are possible to God” (Science and Health, p. 1). Soon after, I applied for membership in The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. Christian Science, as well as membership in the Mother Church, have been the anchor in my life.

From the teen series: Turning Point - April 26, 2016


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