Why I share the Comforter
I was introduced to Christian Science at an early age and attended a Christian Science Sunday School until I was in my late teens. In Sunday School, we were taught that God is a loving God who does not cause or send any ills, and that anyone can turn to God as “a very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1). I experienced physical healings, often with the help of a Christian Science practitioner, someone who is available to call on for treatment through prayer and whose healing work is based in Christian love and in understanding the teachings of Christian Science.
After high school, I drifted away from attending Sunday School and church and lived a lifestyle more in line with that of the prodigal son in his “riotous living” days (see Luke 15:11–32). But over the years, when things became dark and fearful for me, just as they did for the prodigal, I still believed I could pray for God’s help, and I did. Through this prayer, it became apparent to me that I needed a religion that would set me on some kind of path to a more satisfying way of life.
I looked into various traditional Christian religions and a few eastern religions. They all had very good people and ideals, but it seemed they required or assumed faith in material means for help, and believed that things would be better in an afterlife. That was not reassuring to me. Instead, I found comfort in this promise from Jesus: “Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24, English Standard Version).
I wanted the kingdom of heaven—health, happiness, and peace—now, not in some far-off future. That’s when I thought seriously about returning to Christian Science. I thought, “If this is a real science, it can be studied, practiced, and lived.” I gave myself two years to see if this religion would be good for me and would live up to its promises. Nearly fifty years later, I’m still studying this Science, growing in grace, and experiencing more of this kingdom of heaven on earth!
From very early in my study of Christian Science, I understood that divine Science is the Comforter that Jesus promised. He said, “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). And Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, wrote, “This Comforter I understand to be Divine Science” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 55).
As I embraced and was benefited by this wonderful truth, I knew I had to share it with others. Since returning to Christian Science, I have given away over 250 copies of Science and Health. I also share the Christian Science periodicals—individual articles, full issues, and subscriptions. Before sharing, I always start with prayer, then wait to feel directed to those who are searching for health, peace, and a loving God and who will be receptive to Christian Science. When sharing, I usually talk very little and simply say I’m offering something good and true that has blessed me. I know the message of the Comforter will speak for itself.
I have received many letters of gratitude, as well as reports of lives changing for the better in small and large ways, from people I have shared Science and Health with. There have been not only physical healings but also marriages saved, the smoking habit broken, and higher moral standards achieved. Also, individuals have become more active in their own churches and more generous, including with their time. So I always have copies of Science and Health on hand and ready to give as God gently leads me to do so.
When I have questioned my ability to share the Comforter, especially when I have been going through difficult times, I remember this statement from Mrs. Eddy: “It is unquestionably right to do right; . . .” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 71). I’ve discovered that sharing Christian Science does not require years of study or intellectual prowess but quiet prayer to God, divine Love, and an absolute faith that this is the Comforter that Christ Jesus promised to all. “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (I Peter 4:10). Making someone aware of the access they freely have to the ever-present, ever-available Comforter, the Science of the Christ, is one of the most wonderful things to contemplate, and one of the most satisfying things to do!