Many times the loving gratitude of a full heart has...

Many times the loving gratitude of a full heart has prompted the writing of this testimony, and I can truly say that "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." I was born and reared in an orthodox church, both my grandfathers having been active pioneer preachers. From early childhood my chief interest and delight was in the work of that church, although I never accepted many of its teachings and always frankly stated my objections. When very young a great trouble came upon me, and I gradually settled into a condition of melancholia, fast developing into insanity, with which my mother had passed away. I could never describe the agonizing, hopeless despair that never lifted. The days were dreadful, the nights worse. Nothing on earth had power to arouse in me any interest, and even my husband's loving care could not break the nightmare of hopelessness.

In the hour of my greatest trial, when the physical and mental suffering seemed beyond human endurance, two dear women brought me my first true impression of Christian Science. All through that summer they manifested such sweet, unaffected love and helpfulness that we began to say, "There is surely something in Christian Science." They did not talk it, they lived it, and I finally began asking for the literature. Very soon, to my utter astonishment, that absolute hopelessness, the forced cheerfulness when anyone was with me, had disappeared, and I sang happily all the day.

January 13, 1906

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