Some Thoughts of a Truth Seeker

Reading in the Sentinel of September 24, the article, "A Word Concerning Discouragement," my first thought was that I would like to know the author's address, so that I might write and thank one whose contributions always help me.

It may seem strange that one who is not a Christian Scientist, and who is still identified with materia medica, should be writing an article for the Sentinel, but I feel that in order to enlist the sympathy and best wishes of all Scientists, it is only necessary for me to state that I fully believe in all that Christian Science teaches, that I am an earnest seeker for Truth as revealed in Science and Health, and that I am trying to "study thoroughly the letter, and imbibe the Spirit" (Science and Health, P, 495), and to demonstrate out of present conditions. I long for the time when I shall be able to tell my patients that the only medicine I shall give hereafter is truth, but at present the difficulties, to mortal sense, seem insurmountable; nevertheless, I know they are only seemings, and that omnipotent Truth can overcome them, as it can all errors, whether mental or physical, and establish perfect harmony. I was led, a little more than a year ago, to investigate Christian Science, by the fact that my wife had been healed of an incurable trouble of nearly thirty years' standing, after my system of practice and that of many others had failed. She certainly "had suffered many things of many physicians,... and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse." What she suffered in those years, only God and she know, until, like a drowning person grasping at a straw, she was led by divine Love to Christian Science and was cured. There was no doubt left in my mind of that fact. I tried to believe it was hypnotism that healed her, that having been my last resort, but she said, "No indeed; it was Science." She went to Christian Science with intense prejudice, but she is now the most enthusiastic of Scientists, and has burned the bridges behind her,—withdrawn from her former church,—for the reason as she told her pastor, that she could no longer remain a member without being a hypocrite. I fully approved of her course, as did her pastor, who honored her for being guided by her convictions. I do not know which had the greater influence over me, her cure, or the spiritual uplift she experienced, demonstrating it in her daily life: but I knew she had something that I had never found in orthodoxy,—joy, peace, and freedom from all care,—and I wanted to find the same.

God's Relation to Man
November 19, 1904

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