A Tithe of Gratitude

It was in November, 1897, that I first heard of Christian Science, and looking back over these three years and more, I feel so grateful for what has come to me that I cannot but send this testimony forth, trusting it may prove helpful to some one walking the same path.

It was not physical ailments that turned me to the study of this perfect working Principle, but spiritual unrest. I had always read the Scriptures conscientiously, and in my earnest, honest desire to understand the Old and New Testaments, I had attended, winter after winter, Bible classes conducted by one of the best-known Presbyterian clergymen in my native city (New York), and further, one winter, a course of twelve lectures on Bible subjects, for which the person who presided over them received remuneration. All this, however, seemed to plunge me deeper and deeper into the quagmire of doubt and despondency, and the only light I gained that could at all break this spell, was, that at some far-distant day, when I had "shuffled off this mortal coil," I might know the deep meaning of the precepts and promises, and thus the reading of the Bible was simply perfunctory. I entered a class in Christian Science taught by one of our Leader's faithful students, and the last two days being devoted to written questions, mine was, "Why is it that I find myself always turning to Science and Health instead of to the Bible as has been my habit?" for at that time I was earnestly studying our text-book, but it had not yet become to me the "Key to the Scriptures." This winter has changed this attitude, and the Bible and Science and Health go hand in hand. The pages are illumined and the old truths, spiritually discerned, are indeed "a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Had Christian Science brought me nothing else, I can never be sufficiently thankful to our Leader for what she has done in revealing to me a Bible which is indeed the Word of God, and an ever-present help.

This winter has seen full many triumphs over error along many lines, and the character-building has gone steadily on. One great gain has been putting down fear to some extent, and learning more and more to trust God and lean not to my own understanding, realizing that each day is sufficient. "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift," which I have found in Christian Science as interpreted in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" written by Mary Baker G. Eddy, and unfeigned gratitude to her for her message to me and all mankind.

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Testimony of Healing
The Value of Science and Health
January 24, 1901

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