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2012 Membership Series

Membership in The Mother Church is an inspired and significant step for any student of Christian Science to take in the ongoing and ever-unfolding study and practice of Christian Science. In this series members from diverse backgrounds and experiences share what special meaning membership in The Mother Church has for them. — The Editors

My 'goodly heritage'

From the September 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I like to think of being a member of The Mother Church as being part of a “goodly heritage.” The phrase comes from the Bible’s book of Psalms: “The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage” (16:5, 6).

Since I was brought up in Christian Science, my earliest memories are of those loving Christian Science branch church members who, along with my parents, showed me the love of God, which has never left me. Most of those individuals have passed on by now, but what those branch church and Mother Church members gave me is a goodly heritage which I cherish. 

In 2006, my father passed away, and as I sorted through his possessions, I found things relating to previous generations which no one had looked at for many years. With all this information I decided to try to research our family. It took me about a year of hitting a brick wall at each turn to start asking myself if the search was worth it. I came to the conclusion that previous generations and human heritage were not important, so I put my research away.

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