Three years ago I came to Christian Science—helpless...

Three years ago I came to Christian Science—helpless and hopeless. To-day I am restored to a life of usefulness, and have a growing knowledge of God. I was a sufferer from nervous and stomach trouble, having been an invalid for two years or more, and had sought help from every school of medicine, also hygiene, osteopathy, etc. I came to Christian Science as a last resort, and came doubting, fearing, yet hoping; but I am very thankful that my feet were led in the path of Christian healing, for it has brought me new life, peace, moral and spiritual uplifting, and a desire to know and do the will of God. Mine was a case of slow healing, the first year being practically spent in overcoming intense fear and a still lingering faith in and dependence upon material remedies. At the end of a year I went to Houston to a practitioner, and boarded with a Scientist, whose kind, mother-hearted care of me—a stranger—strengthened my courage. I spent almost my entire time talking with Scientists, attending the three regular services each week, and in this atmosphere of love and harmony I soon improved, returning home at the end of two and a half months greatly strengthened in mind and body. I continued to take absent treatment, the effectiveness of which I was now willing to trust. My interest in Christian Science being so awakened, my search for spiritual understanding almost made my desire for physical help take secondary place, and of course my body grew stronger as I assimilated the truth in trying to live a better life.

When I came to Christian Science I had an ignorant prejudice against that dear woman, our Leader, of which I almost shrink from speaking, only that the fact that I now revere and love her, and in a measure comprehed the greatness and goodness of her life of consecration, wisdom, strength, and purity, is a proof of my own spiritual growth. I owe her endless gratitude, for through her revelation of Truth to this age has my salvation come. All along my search for health I have been so helped with love, patience, and good cheer, that my heart is very full of love and gratitude. I am thankful to the great giver of all gifts for what He has done for me, and for the gift of His son, Christ Jesus, who brought the healing truth to sick, sinning humanity ages ago. The Sentinel, which bears that loving admonition of our Master, "What I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch!" with its words of helpfulness and instruction, has grown to be a friend.

Emma H. Sayles, Abilene, Texas.

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May 25, 1907

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