EXPANSION

When first interested in Christian Science I used to attend services in a small chapel which was used while First Church of Christ, Scientist, London, was being constructed on the adjoining plot of ground. Though this chapel was small, uncomfortable, and inconvenient in many ways, I grew very fond of it, and was quite unhappy when I heard it was to be pulled down, for my first faint understanding of Christian Science had been gained under its roof, and I thought regretfully that I never could be so happy in any other building.

On a foggy, cheerless morning, a few days before the opening of the new church, I obtained permission to look at the interior of this building. The testimony meeting the previous evening had been held in the smaller half of the church, a wall dividing it from the second part still in course of construction. During the night this wall had been entirely removed, and it seemed as though an almost miraculous change had taken place in that short space of time. A great wave of gratitude swept over me on beholding the wonderful transformation. Instead of the dismal little chapel I now beheld a vast white building, and in the misty half-light the lofty arched roof, the long white sculptured gallery circling the wide auditorium, the beautiful organ towering upwards,—all seemed to express everything that is steadfast, grand, and pure, and I knew that only the deep gratitude of the hundreds who have been healed and saved in London had made the building of this beautiful home possible.

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