I am reminded of the first Christian Science service I ever...

I am reminded of the first Christian Science service I ever attended, in a hall in Boston, twenty years ago. The peaceful atmosphere of that hour has never left me, nor can I forget the sweet sacredness of the whole service.

When at the end of the sermon all present were asked to kneel in silent communion with God, I learned that Christian Scientists had silent prayer in place of the bread and wine of other churches. I enjoyed it more than any church service I had ever attended, although I had been a churchgoer from childhood. I wanted to go again, but did not have the privilege. It might seem that I was ready to investigate Christian Science, but there was one god to which I still clung. From childhood I had thought material remedies were God's means for healing, and I was taught to pray that He would bless the material means used for the recovery of the sick.

Some years later, being in a miserable condition physically, a sudden bitter disappointment nearly unfitted me for usefulness. All faith in materia medica was fast dying out. Remedies prescribed by the allopathic school made me worse with every dose I took, and homoeopathy had lost its seeming effect. I was then wonderfully led to a practitioner in a small country village for help. I was given the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, together with a Quarterly, and invited to attend the meetings on Sunday. I soon became a regular attendant at the meetings, even though it subjected me to ridicule, sneers, and threats. I found what I needed to know,—that heaven, harmony, begins on earth, when we are ready to receive it.

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About eight years ago I experienced a very wonderful...
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