Last spring, when the call went out for more funds to build the Christian Science publishing house, I searched in my inmost heart for reasons why I, personally, should help to build this "watch-tower of the world" (Science and Health, p. 235), which has for years been sending out the beacon-light of wisdom and love to all mankind, and radiating a full salvation from sin, disease, and death to all who walk in this light. In meek retrospection I pondered on my life before and after coming into Christian Science.

I thought of my litelong bondage to earthly pleasures, resulting in three years of hopeless suffering from nearly all the ills to which flesh is heir, and of the fulness of joy that had been my portion since I was instantaneously healed of all these ills during my first visit at The Mother Church. I thought of my home, made discordant and unhappy in the past by the selfishness and irritability of chronic invalidism, and of the permanent peace now established there by the possession and study of all the works of our Leader, and of the welcome advent of The Christian Science Journal and Sentinel, ever bringing the "Peace, be still," of hope and good cheer to still the turbulent waters of worldly thoughts and aims. I thought of the many periods of sickness which had assailed my child, and of my constant fear and dread that some contagious disease might at any moment rob me of her forever, now replaced by confidence in the power of divine Love to shield her from harm at all times and in all places.

January 23, 1909

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