A few years ago there came to me a sorrow so deep,...

A few years ago there came to me a sorrow so deep, so dire, that I stood as it were with our Saviour in Gethsemane. I lost all except two loving young sons, in such a way that the hope of heaven alone could heal. Yet this Gethsemane taught me some wonderful lessons. I had always from childhood been in touch with God: not in the way of the churches, for the Bible did not appeal to me,—only those portions of the prophecies that spoke of the Christ to come, and the New Testament and the Psalms. The clear verdict of a God of Love filled my thought to overflowing, and I knew God could not take away one's life, but is absolutely all. I had never heard of Mrs. Eddy, or of Christian Science, yet I felt the power of divine Love held over me so strong and deep that with the giving up I was made to see the Deliverer,—Christian Science, all love, perfect, not a shadow to mar its beauty,—and then my prayer welled up to Him who notes even a sparrow's fall. I asked to be taken to these people, wherever this Science was to be found, Time passed, and after severe trials—innumerable mountains to sense—one came who healed me of my distress, lifted me to the feet of Christ. I saw man as God's image, and that was enough for me, though there are conditions still to master as we travel along the line.

I had always felt that the way of Truth would be shown the second time by a woman, and I thank God that I have been humble enough to behold the "star" and follow, and be called to help swell the number of God's anointed. Every burden has been lifted. I have followed even if the Red Sea lifted its stormy waters, for what matters it? I am on the road to the goal, and stand on the Rock, Christ. The time was when I had forgotten how to smile; now every burden is gone—rolled away—and there is not a vestige of broken-heart-edness. My laugh is just as merry as of yore, and a song comes to my lips just as quick. I saw the wisdom of our Leader's message of June 16, 1902, and it filled me with joy. I took up the tangled threads of circumstances and wove them into steadfastness through these inspired words, which have set me forever at peace: "Are earth's pleasures, its ties, and its treasures taken away from you? It is divine Love that doeth it, and sayeth, 'Ye have need of all these things.' A danger besets thy path?—a spiritual behest, in reversion, awaits you." Surely this promise in Revelation fits my case: "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

Mrs. Lillie H. McKinney, Pueblo, Col.

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Testimony of Healing
It is with heartfelt gratitude that I desire to make known...
May 4, 1907

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