I gladly give my testimony with the hope that it may...

I gladly give my testimony with the hope that it may help some suffering one to find rest and peace. I was traveling to California with a sister who was seeking health. I had given up looking for my own, as a kind and loving family had done all that was possible for me for five years, but with no success. I was without hope, and worst of all, without God, as reading my Bible and praying seemed useless, but I still clung to a little book of Scripture quotations and read a verse from it each morning. On Dec. 6, 1904, while on the train en route for Pasadena, I read these words from Exodus, "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you today." My first thought was a longing, that if there was a God, He would show me something of His nature, but the next thought was the wish that the train would be wrecked and I might be killed. I could see no chance of heaven, and hell could not be worse than the present.

Shortly after this it was necessary to change cars, and we were taken into a section opposite to a lady and child, who immediately won my interest. I listened to her conversation with a young lady, and when she had finished, I asked her if she would not like to come and talk to me. When I asked her the subject of her conversation, her reply was, "Christian Science." I knew nothing about it, but before we arrived in Pasadena she gave me a copy of the Journal and asked us to call on her if in any friendly way she could be of service to us. I then went for treatment and bought a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. It contained the truth I had been striving for all my life. I attended the services in the little Pasadena church every Sunday and Wednesday, and found them very satisfying.

In May, when it was time for us to return to Philadelphia, I did not wish to go, for I knew that Christian Science was the answer to my verse which I had read that dark day, but I did not think I could return home and proclaim my healing, as I knew of no one there who knew this truth and did not know how my family would feel. I again went to a practitioner, and soon realized that God was in Philadelphia, and in my own home, as much as in Pasadena. The day before I left, this verse in the Lesson-Sermon gave me much comfort, "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest." I was no longer afraid, and never left any place with such a sense of quiet and peace. Three days after my return home I told my father I would like to attend the Christian Science church instead of the one to which I had been accustomed to go, and this was his reply, "Daughter, I do not know anything about Christian Science, but if it is all you say it is,—and I have no reason to doubt it,—if it has done for you what I have noticed these three days, you shall follow it unmolested as long as you live with me. Thank God, you have been converted;" and so the first words I had heard of Science were proven true, "Divine Love always has met, and always will meet, every human need" (Science and Health, p. 494). This has been true ever since in every sense of the word; Love has been ever-present, protecting me and giving me more happiness than I ever could have planned for myself. There are many interesting details that might be given, but God's Word has never failed.

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September 15, 1906

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