From Pentecostal to Christian Science….the Completion

 

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PART 2:  If you read Part 1 of my story, “an Intro,” you will remember that I was introduced to Christian Science and had read Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  I had just been healed of several chronic illnesses that required taking daily medicines.  It was at this time in my life that I realized that even though I was attending church all the time, there was definitely something missing.  I called myself religious, but probably didn’t think of myself as spiritual.  I wanted to learn more about this Science of the Christ that had healed me.  So, every Sunday morning, after directing the choir, I would sneak out the back door and drive to the local Christian Science service.  My church was very charismatic….there was always lively music and sometimes hours of singing.  The Christian Science church provided me with a calm, peaceful feeling and a new way to see church and “serving God.”  After a few months, I gave up the other church.   Once I got over the fact that, in this new church, there was no band to sing along with and no place to baptize people, I settled in and allowed Truth to lead my way.  For the first time in my life, church was not a social event; it was truly a spiritual experience.  Since I was used to having a preacher deliver a sermon, I loved the contrast of hearing Readers read the Weekly Bible Lesson each Sunday morning from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  I started studying and reading Science and Health through again, slowly this time, trying to gain a better understanding of my relationship to God.  Also, a loving Christian Science Practitioner friend took me under her wing and helped me to understand and to grow in Science.  I felt so grateful for all that had been shared with me and I longed to be able to give back to others.  I wanted to tell everyone I came in contact with how I had been healed and how they could experience the same. 

After he shared Christian Science with me, how could I not marry that that wonderful man?  We married the following year, joined that local church together and became active.  In 1995, I went into the public practice of Christian Science.  I was so full of joy & love, and a strong desire to share what I had learned with the entire world, I could hardly contain myself.  Since I had a full-time job as the Administrative Manager for an engineering firm, I listed my Practice hours as 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and started taking calls by pager, so I could be available 24 hours/day.  (can you remember the days of pagers instead of cell phones?)  Since I was the manager in my office, I often left my job and went to my home office to pray for someone in need.  Other times, I was able to close my door and give a Christian Science treatment without interruption.  I was so blessed in my early days of Practice.  It seemed that the way was always made for me to do what was required.  My love for Christian Science had grown so strong in the short time since I had been introduced to it.  I was understandably impatient to quit my job and be in the full-time public practice of Christian Science.  I applied for Journal listing in the Christian Science Journal in 1999.  And, from the time I quit that job, I have felt complete peace in my new vocation.  I was finally in my right place – how could it be any different?

Looking back, it’s sometimes hard to comprehend the spiritual growth I have been blessed to experience since that first time I shyly walked into the local Christian Science church.  Mrs. Eddy wrote about her higher discovery and I am so grateful I am following her teachings, as a sincere seeker of Truth.  And, little did I know that all those earlier years of strong Bible study would be so critical to where Love would eventually lead me.   

In 2009, I was appointed to the position of Christian Science Committee on Publication for Tennessee.  In this capacity, I am the media and legislative spokeswoman for Christian Science in my state.  Who knows what is next?!

About Debra Chew

Debra is the legislative and media contact for Christian Science in Tennessee. She is also a Christian Science Practitioner.
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