This was shared a few days ago and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Emerging Gently sums how I feel about my Christian Science experience so nicely when they say:
- As I’ve learned to look back on the journey of my life so far, I am grateful to come to the realization that my time in Christian Science, while I view it as misguided, was not wasted.
For a time, when I heard CS hymns, my blood ran cold and I wanted to run, but over the last year or two I’ve come to embrace their familiar comfort. Some nights I sing Shepard Show Me to Kid1 at bedtime (it is “the song about sheep”), I mostly sing the melody and badly botch/make up the words as I go along, but Kid1 doesn’t mind, it is comforting.
A favourite hymn of mine is #139 in the Christian Science Hymnal. The first line is “I walk with Love along the way…” These words have always brought me great comfort, as does the musical setting. Some of my most cherished childhood memories are of my Mom singing that and also #304 (Shepherd show me) and #207 (O gentle presence) to me when I was sick. The words of all of these hymns still comfort me when they come to mind, and I can still hear her voice in my mind as vividly as the last time she sang these hymns to me when I was a child. The marriage of poetry and music in hymns has tremendous mental/emotional healing power. But, it is the line from #139 in particular, that inspires this post.
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