I love all sorts of people, and for me a great joy is helping others appreciate their closeness with God and their right to health and peace as God’s innocent children.
This appreciation started for me as a boy in Christian Science Sunday School. There was a teacher who, both by words and example, taught me to think more clearly about Christian healing. He showed me we each have the God-given capacity to help others with healing, and as early as high school, I found occasions to help friends through Christian prayer. This has remained at the core of my life through its numerous turns.
After college I went into US Army Intelligence where I learned to speak Russian and served in Germany. Then back home in California, I completed law school and practiced law there and also in Massachusetts. This included two terms as General Counsel of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston.
While practicing law, I frequently set aside separate office hours to pray for my community and also for those who asked me for prayerful help with specific problems. Eventually, I traded my law practice for the public practice of Christian Science healing. My happiest vocation is being a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. The most rewarding aspects of the work are the wonderful feeling of learning more about how God is caring for all of us; getting a deeper awareness of that; and seeing it manifested as healing in someone’s life who has asked me to pray with them.
I love family, and my wife and I have a blended group of children and grandchildren whom we thoroughly enjoy. I have always appreciated music of all kinds from classical to rock, and I am a very amateur blues guitarist. I also enjoy a weekly round of golf with good friends.
Finding innocence that is power, not vulnerability
Moments after feeling some symptoms of a heart attack and asking a friend to a pray with me, an overwhelming feeling of God’s love washed over me. It relieved the symptoms and also showed me something about what it means to be innocent.
I was in college at the time and had gotten a little off track both in my studies and in some life choices. On top of that I felt resentment over long-term maltreatment by a family member, and heartbroken after a recent breakup with my girlfriend. That overwhelming feeling of love ultimately helped uplift all these areas of my life as well as bring permanent relief from those physical symptoms.
Through my study of Christian Science, I’ve come to see that God is Love itself, which empowers us with God-derived innocence. This innocence is based on God’s unconditional love; it indicates that we’re safe depending on divine Love as our source, and it means we can have an undoubting expectation of good. The very substance of our being is pure and perfect, like our Maker, and cannot change. Our innate innocence means we always deserve to be free from pain, both mental and physical, as I experienced in college and since. And we have the ability to bring freedom and goodness to others, even those that would victimize.
Christian Science has showed me how Christ Jesus’ life illustrated this God-given power, which has nothing to do with the naivete, vulnerability, or helplessness that society often associates with innocence. I’ve seen that victims are not beyond help and comfort and that victimizers can be reformed. We don’t have to wait to experience the Love that heals.