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Even though satisfied with my lot in...

From the April 1979 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Even though satisfied with my lot in 1971, I saw ahead only old age and no way to combat it. The future looked bleak. The year before, my daughter had sent me a paperback copy of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. Now I suddenly had a compelling urge to read the Bible and understand it! I took up the textbook. Key to the Scriptures! This is what was thrilling! This book would explain what puzzled me in the Bible. At first, I sampled Christian Science by reading, each day, one section of the Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly. Now I began to really understand the Bible. This gave me joy that cannot be taken away. I was on the move spiritually. I was in action. Soon I was studying the entire Bible Lesson daily.

For over twenty years I had not been to a structured, Western-religion church. But I found the services of a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, to be straightforward and without mystery. The Lesson-Sermon with citations from the Bible and Science and Health read in a dynamic manner made the Bible come alive.

At this time all kinds of occasions in my life made God's love for me apparent. They could not be attributed to human acts, but were beautiful solutions to problems. There were also examples of others living the Golden Rule in relation to me — following the Sermon on the Mount, as Jesus taught and lived. Friends helped me to recognize errors and correct them. Their actions carried a spirit expressed clearly in "A Rule for Motives and Acts" (Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy, Art. VIII, Sect. 1): "Neither animosity nor mere personal attachment should impel the motives or acts of the members of The Mother Church. In Science, divine Love alone governs man; and a Christian Scientist reflects the sweet amenities of Love, in rebuking sin, in true brotherliness, charitableness, and forgiveness. . . ."

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