Seven or eight years ago, when Christian Science was but...

Seven or eight years ago, when Christian Science was but a name to me, I began questioning what the "Spirit of truth" could be that Christ Jesus promised to send to his disciples when he had gone from their material sight. I prayed earnestly about it, but had grave doubts as to how my prayer could be answered. I was a member of a church and a teacher in the Sunday School. Gradually I ceased going to church, because so many questions came to me for which I could not find answers. I also gave up my class, for though I could easily entertain the girls, I saw that they were not growing spiritually, and I was in too great doubt myself to teach what I had not as yet proved to be true. Having had much sickness in our family for many years, I met and knew intimately worthy physicians. I assisted one doctor in his work for a medical journal, and while doing this, many questions dealing with the physical had to be met and answered. All this time I thought nothing of Christian Science, nor was I conscious that I was spiritually seeking it and that my prayer was being answered.

I came to Christian Science for physical relief, one of the troubles being the necessity of wearing eye-glasses, with the prospect of having to wear them always, and having to increase their strength as I grew older. I had worn eye-glasses for twelve years or more, and being an artist I rebelled against them. It was more from a spirit of rebellion than of suffering that I turned to Christian Science. I was healed in a week, but I did not understand how it had been accomplished, for mentally I was looking steadily in the opposite direction. Having been brought up with the understanding that I must prove all things before holding fast, and that an effect always meant a cause back of it, I had to prove, to understand, how I had been healed before I could accept the healing. It seemed to me more rational to wear glasses for a reason than to be able to see without them but without a reason. This was in the autumn of 1904, and now, in 1907, I know the truth, and the truth has made me free.

My prayer for the understanding, the gift of the "Spirit of truth," has been answered repeatedly and abundantly, and I sincerely thank Mrs. Eddy for her wonderful courage and faithfulness in declaring again the "good news" of Truth and Love, of Christ. I have not been able as yet to make words express the spiritual awakening and the love in my heart.

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Testimony of Healing
When I first began the study of Christian Science, the...
February 22, 1908

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