My name is Jared. I live in Johannesburg, South Africa.
I go to an all-boys school, and there are boys from many different backgrounds. I am in Grade 5 and am the only Christian Scientist in my grade. One of the compulsory subjects I take at school is called Religious Education, where we get to learn about God and different religions.
One day our teacher asked us to write a paragraph about our own religious beliefs. When I was thinking about what I wanted to write, I thought about what I’d learned in the Christian Science Sunday School. Every Sunday morning I get to learn about different stories from the Bible and about how much God loves me.
Last year I gave a testimony at our Thanksgiving service at church about praying about my exams. I prayed by knowing that God is Mind and that I reflect Mind, and also that I am guided by God’s intelligence. I also spoke about being grateful for all the ways my family and I have felt God’s love. I wanted the boys at my school to know about these things, and also to know that God is always with us and helping us: in the classroom, on the rugby field, on the playground, and even in the swimming pool. There is no problem too big for God.
So this is what I wrote in my workbook: “In my religion I believe that God is the one and only ever-powerful God. He is good. My God is Mind, Spirit, Soul, Love, Life, Truth, and Principle. There is no problem too big for Him, and God is with us wherever we go.”
Knowing that God loves me, no matter what, makes me feel safe, protected, and cared for. I hope my friends know that God loves them as much as He loves me!
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