Letters to our Leader

Columbus, Ohio, August 11, 1904.

To the Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy, Leader in Christian Science, Concord, N. H.

Dear Mrs. Eddy:— I am aware that you do not seek or accept personal adulation, flattery, or compliment, and I do not offer these; I tender you, honored Leader, as your just due lovingly paid, my appreciative thanks for the results which have followed, in my immediate family, the study of your published words, and the attempt to follow your wise and lucid teaching. I am one of the thousands of Christian Scientists who have not yet seen an open path to Concord or to Boston; who have never seen your revered face or heard your speech; and yet who owe to you, more than to any other teacher in the world, a deep and lasting debt of gratitude for benefits conferred. Five years ago this month I was led to seek Christian Science treatment for my wife, and on the occasion of my first conversation with a practitioner I was healed of a tobacco habit against which I had struggled in vain for years. My wife was healed of an affliction of years' standing in ten days' time. We took up the study of your text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," as a result of these remarkable experiences, not with the idea of becoming followers or admirers of Mrs. Eddy, but with the deeper and more searching thought of trying to learn of God. The appreciation of what Mrs. Eddy has done for the human race grew upon us as we studied her explanations of the Science of life, the Science of Christianity, and as we progressed to the point of testing her teaching in moments of need, and noted the prompt and satisfactory responses to the application of her rules of religious conduct, the feeling of indifference to Mrs. Eddy's personality with which the investigation was begun, slipped away from our thought, and in its stead there has grown up year by year a constantly increasing sense of thankfulness to Almighty God, good, that in the dark and trying hours, and days, and years of dawning understanding of Truth as shown in Christian Science, there was one found who was worthy to bear the cross of a new discovery of God's allness, and strong enough to withstand the efforts of error to undermine it.

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