[Translated from the German.]

It was four years ago that I first heard of Christian Science,...

It was four years ago that I first heard of Christian Science, and I have had ample opportunity since then to prove by experience that it is this understanding, as given us by Mrs. Eddy, which constitutes true Christianity, and that it is as effective today as it was in the time of Jesus and the apostles. For twenty years I had been a great sufferer, to sense, with severe nervous illness, besides a disease for which I had to undergo an operation that brought relief, but did not cure the trouble. When this condition grew worse again, the last physician whom I consulted declared that sooner or later a dangerous disease would develop, if I did not submit to a very serious operation (though he could not guarantee a successful issue), and he depicted dreadful images to me, which I fortunately did not entertain. As I felt better without any medical treatment, I decided to drop it entirely, but looked forward to a hopeless future.

At that time dear friends brought me help through Christian Science, which I at first accepted with great reluctance, as the thought often would come up that it might be a false doctrine. It was very hard for me to give up faith in so-called medical laws, theories, and methods, and to recognize firmly and unswervingly God's law of life and perfection, as for fifteen years I had been active as a nurse of the order of Malta in the service of the poor and of the sick, and loved my vocation above everything. However, with the growing understanding of spiritual being, and supported by the loving and indefatigable work of a Christian Science practitioner, the trouble gradually disappeared, the general condition improved rapidly, and I became healthier and stronger than I had ever been before. Whereas I formerly used to feel that every draft was injurious to my health, I now have been defying for years every inclemency of the weather. As a result of the nervous trouble a functional disorder of the nerves in both feet had manifested itself for seven years. Medical treatment had brought relief, but no permanent cure. This disorder disappeared instantly through a flash of understanding that God created all that was made, and that all reality is good; that God does not create disease, and that therefore it has no scientific basis and is but the result of false concepts.

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