It required disease, suffering, sorrow, a desolate home...

It required disease, suffering, sorrow, a desolate home from which my wife had passed on, to lead me into the truth. Although an officer in an orthodox church for many years, and a firm believer in its teaching, I had not found rest for my heart until Christian Science dawned upon me. A few years before I came to any knowledge of the truth. I made application for a pension under the claim of "Malarial poisoning and its results," which, according to the doctor, included stomach, liver, and kidney trouble, supposed to affect my heart, together with frequent rheumatic conditions. My pension of fourteen dollars per month came to me about the time I began to look into Christian Science, and my diseased condition began to disappear on receiving class instruction from one of Mrs. Eddy's students. In a little while I felt that I was no longer an invalid, and each time my voucher came I was putting my signature to a lie. I tried to talk to my teacher about it, but could not express just what I felt: so I had to work out of this error myself. I debated for a long time, and had a fearful struggle. Mortal mind would say, "The money belongs to you, and you ought to have made application at the close of the war and had it long ago; you were paid in money not worth thirty-three cents on the dollar, and in justice it is yours." And what a time I had for many months. I began to go backward, became very depressed, and old ailments came up again in the struggle. I was losing my sense of the healing power of Truth which had come to me with class instruction. In the midnight of the tempest, Love whispered, "Lo, I am with you alway," and again. "God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus," and again the clear teaching of our text-book, Science and Health, with assurance of the divine supply for all our need. These came to me over and over again with clearest tone. Finally I caught a great light from these words of Habakkuk, "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines: the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation," and in the resolve which followed it I had rest. I then declared, "Pension, you must go." I returned my certificate of claim and voucher to the department, stating that through Christian Science I had been healed of my diseases, and that I wished my claim immediately cancelled. After a time a special examiner came to see me, to find out if I was in my right mind; but after a very pleasant visit he took my deposition and departed much pleased and surprised, he said, at the case. My request was soon granted. A deep, glad satisfaction came to me immediately: my work in Christian Science became more marked with wonderful demonstrations of the power of divine Love. Truth provides and protects with the same hand. What pleasing views we have from the writings of that wonderful woman—our Leader. I thank God that we are thus learning to know divine Love. I trust this may help some wrestling fellow-sufferers.Robert Waddell, West Mitchell, Ia.

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