It was for relief from acute physical pain that I turned...

It was for relief from acute physical pain that I turned to Christian Science, but having learned that God is Mind and that man is spiritual, I straightway threw an earnest effort on the side of a complete religious life. It was a great joy to "let the dead bury their dead," and with the modus operandi of Christian Science to work diligently toward health, holiness, and happiness. At best the growth is slow, but now, after three and a half years, my body is quieted so that I can listen for the "still, small voice," and I am experiencing happiness such as I never before knew. What this means to a person who had spinal trouble, who suffered all the disappointment of retarded schooling; to whom nervous breakdowns came with alarming regularity, and finally whose very life seemed warped, distorted, and wrecked,—what it means to have overcome all this, words can never make clear.

What a comfort it was to me to remember that St. Paul had thrown stones; hence the blessing that from the spiritual view-point one's past history does not count, and that with the right Mind one can make a clean start. Christian Science is all so sane, logical, and gratifying that the perspective of a little over three years shows me that an existence outside its tenets would be unbearable. So, with a heart full of gratitude to Mrs. Eddy, whose consecration to the needs of mankind has taught us how to lay down our burden, I push on to the goal of Christian Science.

Miss Elinor Douglas Flood, Chicago, Ill.

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September 12, 1908

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