By Jenny Sawyer
January 25, 2018
Like many of the questions I get as the teen editor, this one really got me thinking. We do talk a lot about being spiritual in Christian Science. So it’s a fair thing to ask: Why is the fact that we’re spiritual so important? What does it have to do with your daily life, dealing with school, sports, boyfriends and girlfriends, and parents?
Special feature for teens
Turns out that answering the question “Who am I?” yields very different responses than the question “What am I?” What starts to get at the substance of our identity—the qualities we express or our spiritual makeup. That’s why we asked four authors to tackle the “what” from their own experiences wrestling with what defines them.
By Name Withheld
It was my first week in college in the United States, and I didn’t understand what was going on with my roommate. At first I’d been friendly, but he wasn’t very responsive. So I backed off—thinking he needed his space. However, I soon noticed that while he didn’t seem to want to talk to me, outside of our room, he was friendly with others.
By Jeremy Fox
I was on a two-week service trip in Guatemala when I found myself in the middle of a frightening situation on what started out as a normal afternoon bus ride. Every day after teaching English at a school my friends and I took the public buses back to the city where we were staying. Traveling with the locals proved to be extremely culturally enriching and most days we enjoyed a combination of soaking in the Spanish language and listening to the wonderful music.
That's ClassicGod's in control even at college
By Liz Butterfield
With the threat of the flu circulating at her school, this author knew that a sure defense—for herself, and for all the other students on her campus—was to pray.
From the SentinelTalk to my friends about Christian Science? Me?
By Courtlyn Reekstin
Do your friends ask you questions about Christian Science? Do you know how to answer them? One teen found that "works" proved more powerful than words.
A new way of praying—that heals
By Ashley Kamau
A healing of a cold turns into a lesson on how to pray effectively.
Healing a broken heart
By Dyllan McClain
She felt as though all the love in her life came from one person: her boyfriend. So when he broke up with her, she thought she’d lost something she could never get back. A pivotal conversation in Sunday School changed her mind—and her experience.
Beyond skin color
By Christian Kongolo
When he moved from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Norway when he was 13, this author confronted prejudice—and learned significant spiritual lessons about how to heal it.