When my parents returned from Primary class, it was obvious they’d had a life-changing experience. It kindled a spiritual light whose brightness has illumined, blessed and sustained my marriage, family and career. It led my wife and me to take Primary class together two years later, and today shines actively at the heart of my healing practice, teaching and service to church.
My early professional work in business-to-business advertising was rewarding, but that Christ-impelled glow was steadily becoming my own “heart burning within me”— a deepening desire to serve God and man in a much more substantial way.
Then, during a Wednesday branch church testimony meeting, early in 1994, the beacon’s full brightness shone in a line from Hymn 5: “Your mission is to heal.” Within a month I was appointed as the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Wisconsin. A few years later, I was advertising as a practitioner in The Christian Science Journal.
After serving the Committee both at the state level for six years and in the Manager’s Office in Boston for another four, my wife and I returned to Wisconsin, going forward (not coming back) with this clear realization: “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).
This holy purpose, which Spirit alone could designate and open, impelled me to apply for Normal class, and in 2006 I received my teaching certificate.