When Christian Science came to me, I discovered that...

When Christian Science came to me, I discovered that like the men of Athens I was ignorantly worshiping an "unknown God." Though but young in years, being only twenty-one, and not needing to overcome any physical distress, still there was a void—something was lacking in my life. Strangely enough I realized this when very young, and was always more than willing, even glad to close the door on the vanities and pride that last but a night and are gone. I had attended every church in town in my endeavor to find the "lost chord." Sometimes I felt the sermons to be helpful; but oftentimes the light would be forgotten as soon as the talk ended, for then came the handshaking, little worldly bits of gossip, and God and His goodness were soon forgotten. Finally I ceased to attend any church, as it always seemed such an effort to go; but I thank our loving Father that I now belong to The Mother Church.

All my material life had been one longing to know the truth. Often in watching the stars at night my thought would go out in an intense desire for something better than the material to depend upon. The world seemed like a great playhouse where each was trying to rise above the other at whatever cost. I was always quiet and was usually suffering mentally from a strife within myself, because I was not living up to my ideal. Thus it was when Christian Science, the divine Comforter, found and saved me. I could not get rid of a temper that was the terror of my life until I knew that "the good shepherd" was gently leading me. By will power, it is true, I had sometimes checked this temper from outwardly appearing, but the angry feeling was still within, and I knew that was not as it should be. That this evil is gone is due only to Christian Science, as taught and lived by our faithful Leader, Mrs. Eddy. Divine Love has granted me very many of my desires, and has obliterated that useless worry usually termed the blues; has led me so carefully over all rough places, that I can unfalteringly say, with the poet, "Lord! I have made Thy word my choice."

Late one afternoon of last February, a friend who had been healed by Christian Science came to visit us. She told us all about this healing truth, and that God is Love. How truly thirsty I was! I could hardly get supper for trying to catch every drop of cold water from the cup she was holding to my parched lips. I immediately discerned that this was what I had been desiring, and with zeal in proportion to my intense thirst for knowledge I at once set to work to get more of the good which I now knew was awaiting me. As with all right and sincere desires, mine was soon answered; and it was but a few weeks before I was demonstrating for myself. Since then colds have been overcome in one night ; chapped hands have been healed, and all sense of pain from an injured finger destroyed at once.

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June 13, 1908

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