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My gratitude for the Christian Science...

From the July 1971 issue of The Christian Science Journal

My gratitude for the Christian Science Sunday School expands every year. "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift" (II Cor. 9:15).

When I was a boy, my parents insisted that I attend Sunday School at a local Church of Christ, Scientist, even though they were not Christian Scientists. I objected because I thought I would rather stay home and play. When I did go, I really did not make any effort to understand what was being taught, nor did I do the Sunday School assignments or read the weekly Lesson-Sermons from the Christian Science Quarterly. Gradually, however, some of the teachings began to make a lasting impression on me.

One Sunday the teacher discussed the account from Chapter 2 of Luke, where Jesus was found by Mary and Joseph in the temple "sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers" (verses 46, 47). The teacher said that Jesus was twelve years old at the time, which was the age of those of us in the Sunday School class. She said that we too could understand and demonstrate the truth of perfect God and perfect man.