In 1900, while living in Denver, I became interested in...

In 1900, while living in Denver, I became interested in Christian Science, as I was seeking health for my dear mother, who had been a great sufferer for ten years. Twenty years prior to that time she had undergone a serious surgical operation, and thereafter had been very nervous. Later, while hanging a picture, she fell off a chair and injured the spine, which was followed by severe nervous trouble with numerous complications. Many doctors were consulted. Change of climate, massage, electricity, magnetic healing, and mental science were all tried. Each physician was kind and earnest in his effort to relieve, but gave no hope for her recovery. Several times she was very near death. I was my mother's constant attendant, and words cannot describe the years of our anguish and anxiety for her in her suffering and helplessness, part of the time being unable to feed herself.

I was a church member, and trusted in God, but as the years passed I began to feel that I must be forgotten and forsaken. In my despair I turned to Christian Science, where I soon learned there was hope. Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"—rest to-day, each day; not to-morrow or when we cross death's threshold. I began to realize that the Bible is full of promises of cheer and encouragement. I soon asked for treatment for my mother, and I shall never forget the joy of the first visit of the dear practitioner and her loving assurance that "divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" (Science and Health, p. 494). My mother's healing has been slow, but so much help has already been received that I am very grateful. The fear of food was overcome immediately, and after several treatments chronic bowel trouble was healed. Many friends think her improvement wonderful. The attacks of nervousness are only occasional now and less intense.

May 30, 1908
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