Before Christian Science was brought to my notice I...

Before Christian Science was brought to my notice I had come to the conclusion that to be good was dangerous, for goodness seemed to attract calamity. Every sorrow or trouble was spoken of by the good people I knew as a chastening of the Lord, and divine love manifested in divine displeasure did not appeal to me; so while I kept up a perfunctory attendance at church, I wandered away in thought from all religious beliefs and formulated a philosophy,—to eat, drink, and be merry today, for there was no hope in tomorrow,—this composed about all the religion I had. The continual pursuit of pleasure may look amusing to the outsider, but the effort to find any peace or happiness in it is a sad failure. Every material possession turns at last to dust and ashes in our grasp, and the nothingness of everything I reached out for became appalling.

I was buried in materiality, and I feel that Christian Science has been my resurrection. It has taught me to understand the omnipotence of God in place of having a belief in the omnipotence of evil. It has brought me health, happiness, and peace, where before there was sickness and discontent. My gratitude to God for Christian Science is beyond measure, though I hope to prove my sincerity by loyal obedience and service to this Cause for which our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, has done so much.

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