Some years ago, a church position was vacant that needed to be filled. I was only partially qualified for it, but as I prayed about it, I was led to volunteer until a fully qualified person was found. The membership voted on having me temporarily step in to fill this position, and as we looked for a more qualified candidate, I began the work.
All was well with this arrangement, with the exception of one church member who opposed it to the point where I shed tears. Finally, I resigned from the position. Although I received many emails and notes of support, I was hurt and confused as to why my prayers had led me to volunteer for a position that had turned so ugly. When resentment and hate invaded my heart, I resigned from this church and moved on to another branch Church of Christ, Scientist.
However, over the years, the memory of that unhappy experience would resurface with the same thoughts and emotions, even though I had not seen this church member for years. Then, I decided to pray scientifically, as taught in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. The book also teaches the reader how to understand, follow, and demonstrate Christ Jesus’ example and instructions to have one God and to love one another. This became my starting point.