From early childhood I suffered from melancholy and...

From early childhood I suffered from melancholy and extreme nervousness, also from weakness of the eyes said to be due to astigmatism in a very severe form. Different oculists informed me that I would always have to wear glasses. At the age of fourteen my melancholy took a decided turn for the worse. I cried and worried day in and day out; took no interest in the pleasure or pastimes of others, not in the society of young people; indeed their enthusiasm seemed to sadden and irritate me. I longed to die and at times I would lose all control of myself. I would fall on the floor and cry and scream in mental agony until something was given me to put me to sleep. Then I would make plans to take my life, but a better thought would always come, and I would cry out to the unknown God to save me. No help came for over seven years, and I gave up hope of ever being different. I expected either to go insane entirely or carry out my plans of suicide. One day, in the public library, I carelessly picked up a book which told of Christian Science. I took it home and read it. It set me to thinking pretty hard. I must look into this Christian Science, but I did not know how to go about it. I took the book back and was looking over other books, when one attracted my attention. It was "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. It looked formidable, but I decided to read it so long as I intended intended to investigate Christian Science.

That night I read the first chapter, and felt calmer. Before I was half way through the book I was entirely healed. All the melancholy, the mental misery rolled away into the nothingness from which it had come. God had answered my prayer. At first I did not understand the book, but the understanding came after a little diligent study, and in about a weeks time my glasses came off, to stay off. My sister, troubled for years with eczema on her face, took up Science and Health, and read the testimonies in the back part. A week or so after, we suddenly noticed that her face was clear, the skin soft as a baby's She had not tried to study Science, but was healed by its saving presence in the atmosphere of our home. We have since made many demonstrations over disease, and for this we cannot be grateful enough to Mrs. Eddy. who has toiled with such love and patience all these years.

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