Soon after taking class instruction I was asked by a...

Soon after taking class instruction I was asked by a friend, "If one of your children were seriously ill do you think you would have faith enough in Christian Science to trust to it and not send for a doctor?" I felt very sure of the truth as it had been taught me, and I replied bravely, "Were one of my little ones ever so ill I know I should not send for a doctor," and before many days I was obliged to prove true my words. My daughter, then five years old, was taken very ill with acute bronchitis. I called a Christian Science practitioner and felt no anxiety, as I expected the case to be met at once.

It did not seem to be; rather the child grew worse daily until for five or six days she was only partially conscious and was unable to take nourishment. At last the time came when we could not arouse her at all, and it did seem as though we were surely passing through the "valley of the shadow of death." Even at this time the thought of sending for a doctor never entered my mind, though it was suggested that it would be well to do so. I was alone with the child for a little while, and though it seemed that my heart would break, I commenced to sing that comforting hymn by our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, "Shepherd, show me how to go" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 397), and before I had finished consciousness returned to the little patient and she awoke as from a refreshing sleep. The work was done, and when the practitioner returned the little one had eaten a hearty breakfast and was playing with her blocks in bed. Through this experience I have learned never to speculate on a case of error, but to stand firmly on the Rock of Ages, knowing that we do not stand alone, for God is omnipresent and omnipotent.

Mrs. Annie R. Bearse, Brooklyn, N. Y.

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February 20, 1904

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