One of my favorite statements from the Bible is “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” ( I Peter 3:15 ). This idea has prompted me all my life to share Christian Science joyously with others in my country and beyond.
Many years ago, when I was in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I felt a bug crawling on my neck. It was a caterpillar, and straight after that I had an allergic reaction all over my body.
About one year ago, I sustained a severe injury to my big toe. I called a Christian Science practitioner right away for Christian Science treatment.
I find it helpful to affirm daily, or more than daily, these ideas stated in the first chapter of Genesis: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
I couldn’t have been more excited—I was off to Greece, Italy, and Turkey for eight weeks to study art and philosophy with 21 other students from my college. I was ready to explore ancient ruins, learn how to paint and draw, read philosophical texts in their birthplaces, and of course, soak in the sun at the beach! One morning during the first week of our abroad, I was painting outside under the sun.
On the Thursday before Good Friday in 2017, I went fishing for a catch suitable to serve at Easter Sunday dinner. Happily, I came home with enough fish for several meals.
A few years ago I began having problems with one of my hips. It was hard for me to move in the morning, and sometimes at night I would be awakened by pain.
While traveling, I was walking through an area that was under construction when I slipped off the sidewalk and wrenched my knee. Although my knee was painful and I was limping, my first thoughts were of the inspiration I had found while reading the Christian Science periodicals, the Holy Bible, and Mary Baker Eddy’s writings.
A few summers ago, after gardening in a wooded area, I discovered a mark on my body that indicated a tick bite. When I had found ticks on myself before, I had always removed them and prayed to not allow fear or images of a disease associated with tick bites to grow in my thoughts.
In the summer of 2017, I decided to remove a half-fallen tree limb from a wooded area in my backyard. Against the advice of my daughter and her husband, who were visiting for a family celebration, I leaned a heavy ladder against the limb and climbed up to a height of about 15 feet to take it down with a chain saw.