When Christian Science was first presented to me I was...

When Christian Science was first presented to me I was under the doctor's care. I had consulted about fifteen physicians in eight years for throat trouble, dyspepsia, and constipation of very long standing. I had tried every possible remedy for these ailments without any satisfactory result; in fact, I had been a sufferer since my early childhood. At the end of two weeks' treatment in Christian Science my digestive organs were in perfect order and I had forgotten that there ever had been such a thing as a diseased throat and weak lungs. I grew much stronger at once, and was able to accomplish whatever came to me to do, whereas, before I knew of Christian Science, I used to be so worn out at the end of each school year that I was ready to break down, and at one time I had to give up teaching for several years. It is now ten years since I was healed in Christian Science and have neither missed any lessons nor once resorted to materia medica.

The physical healing brought great happiness to me at first, but it was soon proven to me that the true sense of happiness or peace only comes through the renewing of the mind, the giving up of the human will, self-love, self-righteousness, etc. Some conditions yielded quickly to the truth, whereas others took longer; and in my struggle to overcome them I have learned to hold always before me the ultimate, that is, victory over the "adversary," and this has given me great strength and courage to press on. I wish to-day that I had not been so reluctant in sending my testimony to the periodicals and had sooner obeyed the scriptural command, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse." In failing to bring our mite, are we not withholding our gratitude from God, depriving ourselves of the joys of giving, and shutting out from our consciousness the blessings which a grateful heart always receives? In giving unselfishly our dear Leader shows us such a beautiful example, and we can pay her no greater homage than to follow the Christ as she has followed him. In loving God with all our heart, with all our soul, and our neighbor as ourselves, we shall be able to help humanity in healing the broken-hearted, the sick, and the sinful.

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