“Are you kidding me? You want me to do what?! How stupid!” Yep, that was teenage me, bristling internally every time my mom told me what to do. Thoughts like these would then lead to harsh conversations where I said things to my mom I later realized I didn’t mean.
Recently I had the opportunity to talk with a group of Christian Scientists who were about to graduate from college. During our conversation one of the questions asked was, “What helped you stay committed to Christian Science?” I found myself sharing that the one thing that had been a great support in keeping me connected to Science was my commitment to attending Wednesday evening testimony meetings.
I yearned for answers. I had been earnestly praying for weeks and months—much of the time with the loving, tender, and inspired help of a Christian Science practitioner.
A few years ago I was staying with friends in the hills above Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. A number of wildfires were alight in the area because of very dry weather conditions.
I have taught Christian Science Sunday School for many years and continue to learn from being there. Presently I teach first- and second-graders, and whenever a healing appears in the weekly Bible Lesson, I ask them, “What did Christ Jesus say to the person healed?” Understanding man as God’s very image and likeness, Jesus was able to dismiss disease as an illusion.
I’m so grateful for a recent healing I had. I was visiting the city on a very hot day, and I had to walk about a mile to my destination.
Many years ago when we moved house into the countryside, our new property included several acres of woodland. My primary employment at that time was as a partner in a firm of chartered accountants, so involvement in woodland management was to be very much a part-time activity, but I was keen to learn best practices, and part of this expectation was to learn how to use a chain saw correctly.
One of the US Coast Guard’s most daring rescues took place in 1952 during a massive nor’easter off Massachusetts’s Cape Cod, as dramatized in the recent Disney film The Finest Hours, based on the book of the same name. Fifty-foot waves from the powerful winter storm broke an oil tanker in half.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, my husband and I were at our town’s small boat ramp. We had just launched our fishing boat and were ready to enjoy the lake in the closing days of summer.
During the course of an intense conversation in which it was clear that his life was being threatened, Christ Jesus made one of the boldest assertions of the ages: Evil is unreal. He said that no truth, not an ounce of truth, can be found in any manifestation of evil, and that the devil, a biblical term for evil, is “a liar, and the father of it” ( John 8:44 ).