Some time ago I had a small growth under one arm that was very painful when touched or disturbed. I could not wash normally on that part of my skin because of the pain, and I had the impression the growth was getting larger.
During the spring a few years ago, I went abroad to Peru with a group of college students for three months. It was a life-changing semester filled with abundant adventure and opportunity, and stimulated immense personal and spiritual growth.
I was employed at a successful and growing investment firm, which overnight in November 2003 experienced a change of leadership because of allegations of unethical behavior. Staff morale was low while government regulatory agencies began their investigations.
In the words of a hymn, “Prayer is the simplest form of speech / That infant lips can try” (James Montgomery, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 284 ).
A few years ago, a problem developed in one of my eyes to the extent that I could not see well enough to drive, and sunlight was painful to me. I prayed about the condition, turning to the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy for guidance.
I attended a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, from age two. Through the years, I also enjoyed visiting churches of other denominations.
One evening years ago I was walking my dog in a large park in the San Jacinto Mountains in California when all of a sudden he jerked me around and took off after a coyote. I was unable to hold him back.
Acts 17:28 says, referring to God, “In him we live, and move, and have our being. ” A year ago in May when getting out of bed I suddenly experienced excruciating pain in my back.
Read how this writer was released from suffering and fear.
When I was a child, my father would come home after drinking all afternoon at a nearby bar. The inharmony and violence that resulted in my home life greatly impacted my self-esteem, and I felt personally guilty for everything that went wrong.