In this series, individuals share how taking Christian Science Primary class instruction has strengthened their spiritual understanding, and brought increasing inspiration and healing to their lives.

Celestial feast

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Finding Christian Science was the most momentous and crucial experience of my life. I knew I’d found the most profound and practical gift possible. Many serious needs were met, including the breaking of a 12-year smoking habit and medication addiction. An eating disorder and panic attacks were healed also, and I was even accepted to a fine graduate school in spite of not so sterling undergrad grades. These victories made me want to learn more, and I felt Primary class instruction had to be a most important next step.

As I prayed about this prospect, I began to understand more about what it meant to listen for God’s direction, His leading. I began checking articles in The Christian Science Journal and Sentinel that I’d found instructive to see if their authors were Christian Science teachers. And when I attended a Christian Science lecture, I’d check to see if the lecturer was a teacher.

But what ultimately determined the issue of class for me was something that tugged at the heart: the passing of a dear pupil whom I’d worked with in school. As I sat next to her in the hospital, I found I was not sure exactly what to say or how to pray. It was distressing—I wanted to be helpful, to have a clear spiritual understanding and to be able to comfort her. When I called the hospital the next day and found that she’d passed on, I thought: “That’s it! I must have class.” 

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A spiritual swim season
November 5, 2012

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