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A Worldwide Offering

From the April 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal

AS I READ the Christian Science Board of Director's editorial, "Purpose and Vision for Church," in the March Journal, the importance Mary Baker Eddy placed on the weekly Christian Science Bible Lessons stood out to me and rekindled the impact of an experience I recently had.

None of my siblings have any interest in Christian Science. In fact, they think it's a bit weird of me to have such an attachment. My sister is the only one who has any religious practice, and is a member of a conservative church, with an extra conservative pastor. About a year ago, her husband of many years passed on very unexpectedly. It was great to see her church family embrace her, but their theology taught that because her husband had not declared Jesus as his personal savior, he was doomed to an eternity in hell. I'm afraid I didn't know how upsetting this was to my sister, and the struggle she was going through as she tried to see what was really happening with her dear one.

This past fall we took a vacation trip together. As Sunday approached, I said I would be going to church and she was welcome to come with me, or I could take her to a church of her choice. She chose the latter—that is, until Sunday morning when she suddenly said she thought she would go with me to "see what it's all about."

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