My attention was directed to Christian Science when my...

My attention was directed to Christian Science when my pathway was neither paved with happiness nor bordered with flowers, when hope seemed a cheat and sorrow and unhappiness the reality. A very dear relative was receiving substantial aid from its teaching and was well on the way to recovery from a disease which had been pronounced incurable by the very best physicians in this country. This healing challenge my attention and respect. Soon after this I was obliged to give up all thought of business, and visited Florida for a short period. I purchased a copy or Science and Health, and resolved to read it carefully. After locating on the peninsula opposite the little village of Ormond, on the Halifax River, far from the "busy haunts of men," I began the investigation. A minister who was filling the pulpit of the little union church in Ormond became interested, and together we read the book. Neither of us understood its teaching very well, but I caught enough of its sweet concord to effect a positive and absolute healing of a serious kidney trouble and an aggravated case of stomach trouble which had made existence a burden for nearly three years; and there has been no return of either. At this time, however, I was not ready to accept the theology of Christian Science; was not willing to give up the world and its so-called pleasures, and it seemed a great sacrifice to abandon the worldly ways I had followed all my life. As a natural consequence I soon drifted away from Christian Science and returned to materia medica.

This condition prevailed until 1900, when I was led to approach the subject in a different attitude. With humble heart I resolved to make every effort in my power to learn all I could of this great truth, and to gain all that earnest, patient, faithful, persistent endeavor could accomplish. I found, however, that it now demanded far more of me than it had in the beginning; lessons that seemed easy before, now were hard for me to comprehend; that which had formerly appealed to me as being a self-evident fact, now appeared very obscure. But my efforts have borne good fruit; and the light shines bright, clear, and effulgent, bringing within my range of vision this great fact that "God is all," and is Spirit; that being "All in all," there is no room for anything but good; the grand Cause being perfect, the effect, man, is, must be perfect; this is man's inheritance, his birth-right. Since 1900 I have been healed of severe rheumatic trouble, and have discontinued, without experiencing any inconvenience whatever, the use of a support I had worn twenty-five years or more. I have also overcome many lesser evils, and am happy to say I have been of assistance to others in many ways. The spiritual understanding obtained has done more for me than words can express, and language seems to lose its significance when I approach this subject. I am very grateful for all Christian Science has done and is constantly doing for me, grateful to God, and to our dear Leader, Mrs. Eddy, through whom we have gained the understanding of this great truth.


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February 2, 1907

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