For twenty-five years, previous to 1906, I was addicted...

For twenty-five years, previous to 1906, I was addicted to the use of alcoholic liquors, greatly to my detriment, morally, physically, and financially. Through the healing of my wife of stomach trouble of long standing, I became interested in Christian Science, and asked her practitioner for help to free me from this evil, as well as from the tobacco habit. In less than a week's time the desire for both had entirely left me, although my calling brought me in daily contact with both of these vices. The following August I fell four stories down an elevator shaft, which resulted in a very serious injury to the left ankle. The surgeon and all my friends predicted a clubfoot, or at best a stiff ankle, but through the faithfulness of our practitioner and the constant realization of man as the perfect child of God, the ankle and foot healed perfectly.

While I am indeed grateful for these physical benefits, I am more deeply thankful for the spiritual light that has come to my understanding, and the growing knowledge of what it means to be indeed God's child.

April 10, 1909

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