I wanted our children to know God

As a young mother, I was seeking God. My husband and I had two small children, and I wanted them to know God and Jesus. Growing up, I’d had many questions, but had found no satisfying answers at the Christian churches I’d attended. I didn’t want to say to our children, “Believe this because you are supposed to.” Nor did I want our children to grow up without a knowledge of the Bible. 

I visited various churches and even got a book about most of the religions in America to see if something attracted me. Nothing did. So, humbly, fervently, and desperately, I said to God, “If there is a place I should go with our children, You will have to show me because I have tried everything I know.” And then I stopped actively searching. 

Two weeks later, my husband and I went on a fishing trip with another couple. The wife was a Christian Scientist. I knew little of what that meant, except that Christian Scientists didn’t use medicine and had a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper (The Christian Science Monitor). During our trip, this friend injured her foot and sought some time alone for prayer. Later, I saw that she was fine. That made an impression on me, and I wondered if it was her faith that had helped her. 

That night, all four of us slept in tight quarters in our camper. Early in the morning, the wife rose and left the camper. Shortly after, I heard what sounded like a loud voice saying to me, “Get up and go out.” It was so loud that I thought the men would surely have been awakened, but they were sleeping soundly. So, I got up and went outside. Later, I read this statement in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, ‘as when a lion roareth’ ” (p. 559), and I realized that is what I had experienced. 

When I got outside, I saw that my friend was reading from two books. When I asked about them, she explained that she was reading the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly, which includes citations from the Bible and Science and Health. Since I was curious, she asked if I would like to read it, and I did so. I understood little of what I read, but I knew assuredly that I wanted that book, Science and Health. She kindly invited me to visit her church, where I could get it. 

The next Sunday, I traveled into an unfamiliar large city and attended her church. The love the church members expressed offset my difficulty with understanding the Lesson-Sermon—and I got a copy of Science and Health. When I read in it this assurance, “Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God” (p. 254), I knew I had found my church home.

There is no question in my mind that I was led by God to Christian Science. It has answered my many questions and led my family and me to many healings. It has been my way of life for over fifty years and has blessed me with a greater love of God, of Christ Jesus, and of my fellow man.

The joy of listening to God
November 14, 2022

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