A ‘walk through the fire’—and victory

Christianity was always a part of my life, and growing up in our family church, I felt a deep, personal relationship to God. 

Though I didn’t grow up in the Christian Science denomination, Christian Science came into my life when I was five years old. When my mother returned to work, I spent the morning and after-school hours with a Christian Science family. Looking back, I remember that my best friend and I repeated a prayer each day before school with her nana. And I remember my mother later sharing with me things that I’d said as a child, which related to spiritual healing. As a Christian Scientist now, I appreciate thinking of those early experiences with that loving family.

As I’ve thought about this past friendship between our two families, I am deeply grateful that my mother never suggested there was anything odd about Christian Science or Christian Scientists. This helped me keep an open mind, and I never questioned our common Christian heritage. I am grateful to have grown up in a Christian church with opportunities to share my faith with others from different Christian denominations. It was only later as an adult, when I chose to be a serious student of Christian Science and a member of a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, that I faced aggressive resistance.

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