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"God requires our whole heart, and...

From the October 1980 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"God requires our whole heart, and He supplies within the wide channels of The Mother Church dutiful and sufficient occupation for all its members" (Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy, Art. VIII, Sect. 15). When I first read this By-Law given to us by our inspired Leader, I felt the power of its promise. As a new student of Christian Science, I was striving to lay off the old man and put on the new, as the Bible and Christian Science instruct us to do.

Soon I joined The Mother Church and a branch church. My first work "within the wide channels" was serving the latter on committees. During this time I faithfully studied and pondered the Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly and read and reread Mrs. Eddy's writings. To the best of my understanding I strove to follow the example of our Way-shower, Christ Jesus, and to be obedient to the teachings of Science.

The opportunity soon came for me to help Christian Scientists who needed temporary assistance in their homes. Eventually this led to my taking nurses training at a Christian Science Nurses Training School. At that time and later in my work as a Christian Science nurse, I faced many challenges that brought me considerable progress in spiritual understanding.

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