A friend introduced me

How did I find Christian Science? Actually, it found me. My father used to take our family to visit the public gardens at a palace in Bonn, Germany. I remember I was always puzzled when I read a notice painted on the wall of a building in the garden that said (in translation), “Christian Science services held here.”

Fast forward to my senior year of high school in California. My best friend invited me to attend her Christian Science Sunday School class. While I didn’t really know anything about Christian Science, I noticed that my friend was very happy, with a positive outlook on life. I wondered if her religion might have something to do with her attitude. So, I went to find out if there might be a connection. 

The more I learned about Christian Science, the more I appreciated how knowing oneself as God’s beloved child, spiritual and whole, could inform one’s perceptions. And I realized that my friend’s happiness came from knowing her relation to God, Spirit. 

I still had a lot to learn about the true nature of God. The God I had learned about as a young child was one who punished, not one who loved without condition. I had never been encouraged to pray to God, but Christian Science began to teach me that I could ask God for help in all kinds of situations. 

After graduation, my friend and I both enrolled at our local junior college. Then she asked if I would like to attend a Christian Science organization, or CSO, meeting with her. CSOs, as outlined in the Church Manual by Mary Baker Eddy, are a support for university students as they are beginning new chapters in their lives. Students and faculty members who are interested in Christian Science meet to discuss ideas in the Bible Lesson found in the Christian Science Quarterly, hold lectures or classroom talks on campus, make available Christian Science literature, and participate in interfaith events. Since I didn’t know what to expect at the time, I said I would attend on the condition that I could leave if the meeting felt uncomfortable. My friend assured me that I could leave at any time. So I went. 

That was the first of many college organization meetings for me. I became a regular attendee, and during that time, all the questions I asked about God were lovingly and patiently answered.

For example, I wanted to understand how I could have lost my mother in a car accident if God is Love. Through participating in the CSO, I was able to grow in my understanding of God as our true Parent, whose love is never lost. That was the beginning of my gaining a truer, more spiritual concept of motherhood that is eternal and never limited or subject to loss.

While in college, I became a member of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, and also joined the Christian Science branch church where I lived. I loved, and still love, serving in church. Upon college graduation, I gave myself the gift of taking Christian Science Primary class instruction. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take this class before embarking upon a career, marriage, and raising a family. It was the smartest decision I ever made. Every other decision afterward was so much easier, since I learned in the class how to pray about anything and everything.

My friend followed in my footsteps, taking the class two years after I did. I’m so grateful for her initial invitation to attend Sunday School. I can’t imagine my life without Christian Science. God has met my every need.

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