Letters to our Leader

Canyon, Tex., July 20, 1905.

Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, Concord, N. H.

Beloved Leader, Teacher, and Guide:— May I ask a moment of your time, that I make known to you, even if it be but feebly, my appreciation and gratitude for your noble life-work. I owe my happiness and every breath I draw to the Principle revealed in your Key, Science and Health, which has illuminated the Scriptures to me. I have often thought of writing you, after a decided victory of Truth over error, but did not wish to intrude on your valuable time. I feel, however, that I must tell you this. On Monday, a lady, Mrs. M. S. Morgan of Amarillo, Tex., fell, and the doctor who was called to set the bones, said, "Every bone in your ankle is crushed, and if you don't want to be a cripple for life, you must not put your weight on it for a month." The lady knew something of Christian Science. It was decided in the Texas legislature last winter that a surgeon must be called to set broken bones, so she did according to State law, but knowing that there is a higher tribunal, she wrote me, asking my advice. I answered her by quoting what you say in regard to bones on page 423 in Science and Health, and on accidents, on page 424, and I referred to some other passages in your wonderful book. I also told her that God needed no aid. She received my letter on Thursday, and after reading it she took off the plaster cast, put on her shoes and stockings, and walked out in the yard. I did not even give her treatment. The following Sunday she came twenty miles to our services in Canyon City. She walked in unexpectedly, perfectly healed. I must tell you, dear Leader, my silent prayer that morning consisted of tears of gratitude. I thought of many blessings, and this passage from Science and Health (page 3) was uppermost, "The only acceptable prayer is to put the finger on the lips and remember our blessings." Five years since, this lady had no place to look to except the grave, and hers was the first case of healing, outside my home, at this place.

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