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Learning disability overcome

From the February 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6).

In the third grade I started a new school in the middle of the year because my family had moved. At the end of the year the teacher passed me, but with reservation, stating that I could not read or write—I reversed letters and numbers. I was labeled with a learning disability.

I found Christian Science in the seventh grade. My mother went to the hospital for surgery, and my aunt, who was a Christian Scientist, came to take care of us. With my mother’s permission, she took us to visit a Church of Christ, Scientist. 

In Sunday School I quickly grasped that God was Spirit, Mind, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, and Principle—Bible-derived synonyms for God used in explaining God’s nature in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. This was a God that I could understand. I got rid of the corporeal image I’d had of God as a man in a big chair.

Having glimpsed the truth, my siblings and I wished to continue attending Christian Science Sunday School. At this church, the service was held in a movie theater, and the Sunday School was held in the basement of a business building across the street. So it wasn’t a beautiful church building that attracted us to the Sunday School, but the beautiful truths we had learned. 

I wrestled to learn more about God. I could not sound out letters, but as I relied on the one Mind to help me, I was soon able to memorize and pronounce words. With God at my side, I passed the high school entrance exam to a private school and was admitted. However, I struggled to master the English grammar rules required to write an essay. 

I attended summer school, and my English teacher required me to write a one-hour essay each day in class. I continued praying and relying on God, and I eventually mastered the grammar rules. I also listened to God to hear the ideas of what to write about. I felt that I demonstrated this law: “Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear” (Science and Health, p. 506). 

In my junior year of college I passed a difficult English exam that was a graduation requirement. After college I applied to law school and was accepted. Two hundred and fifty students were admitted my first year, but only a hundred and twenty-five ended up graduating, and I was one of them. Throughout both college and law school I depended on God to help me accomplish every task at hand. I trusted in the truth that God is Mind and that He supplies me with all I need. I learned to persist in adversity and kept on demonstrating the truth of my God-given dominion to read and write effectively and clearly.

I passed my first state bar exam, in which only 28 percent passed. My continued employment was dependent on my passing the California bar exam, so the pressure was intense. But God sustained me in doing what was required. I did not worry about the label of limitation that had been placed on me, but relied on the one Mind. All in all, I ended up passing three state bars on the first try.

It was not me, but God that enabled me to make this demonstration over the claim of a learning disability. I simply prayed to know and understand that I was inseparable from the one Mind, God, and reflected Him. I leaned on Him and not on my own understanding. I have had a successful career as a lawyer for fifty years.

I have relied on Christian Science ever since I found it, affirming my God-given dominion to do what I need to do. As I grew spiritually and learned more of Christian Science, I was able to let go of social drinking, and at age thirty I became a member of The Mother Church and one of its branches. I also had the sacred blessing of taking Primary class instruction with a Christian Science lecturer and teacher whom I heard speak.

“With God all things are possible,” Christ Jesus said (Matthew 19:26). To me that means, all things are possible when you turn to God in prayer.

George Bennett
Arcadia, California, US

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