Attending a Christian Science Sunday School as a child, I loved what I learned there of God — He’s always Love, and All, and everywhere. But then, going out into the “cold cruel world,” I couldn’t reconcile what I was seeing with a God who’s Love. So, my Bible and Science and Health (Christian Science textbook) sat on the shelf while I forged ahead, just trying to live a moral, meaningful life. Five years later, I was married, had two children, was a stay-at-home mom, and happy. But missing was a depth to life. It was a spiritual yearning. My Science and Health beckoned. Opening it, I saw my grandmother’s note inside: “Judith Ann — Read this. You owe it to yourself.” I did, for the first time. When I came to “The calm, strong currents of true spirituality….must deepen human experience….” (p99), I knew why I was reading it. This began my serious study and spiritual growth.
Soon, major physical challenges, including our son’s crippling disease (incurable medically) tested my growing understanding. But I stuck like Super-glue to God’s precious promises in the Bible, and with the help of a Christian Science practitioner, our son was soon healed. I took primary class instruction in Christian Science shortly thereafter and was committed to healing. Almost immediately, calls for help started coming. The next ten years involved four corporate moves (3 domestic, 1 international), my counseling in a troubled teens’ center, in a men’s rehab program, and at a hotline, and helping start a soup kitchen and shelter). Finally settled in one spot, I devoted my full time to the public practice of Christian Science.
In 1997 I became a teacher of Christian Science and have been teaching ever since (class instruction), loving the significance of each individual’s journey Spiritward.