On a bright Sunday morning in August, 1907, a railroad...

On a bright Sunday morning in August, 1907, a railroad train was speeding through a canyon of the Rocky Mountains toward the region of everlasting snows. I was sitting in the train, entranced by the beauty and grandeur about us, when I found myself suffering with the symptoms of heart failure. This ailment had seemed to hold me for months previous, and it had not been without some fear that I had set out on a trip which would take me to some of the highest points in the mountains. But I knew, as one of our beautiful hymns phrases it, that it is "in atmosphere of love divine we live, and move, and breathe," so I had undertaken the trip, determined that I could and would trust God as fully upon the hilltops as in my own home. Now I must prove my reliance to be genuine. There were no Scientists present, so I turned to my books, sat apart from our party, and read the Lesson of the day, which was on "Mind." Never had a Lesson seemed so clear or meant so much to me. When the last word was finished I again looked out upon the surrounding beauty, and my heart sang, "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings"! Every sign of discomfort was gone, and I was breathing naturally. We were then nearing the top of Marshall Pass, an altitude of nearly eleven thousand feet. I spent some days in the mountains, climbing and tramping, without experiencing the slightest return of the disease, and on our homeward trip over Tennessee Pass I was still entirely free.

This is but one of the blessings which have come to me since I learned of Christian Science through the healing of those dear to me. A predisposition to heavy colds has been overcome, and twice I have had all the symptoms of a fever met within three days. In an every-day business life one learns the truth of the promise, "And the rough ways shall be made smooth." I am indeed thankful for Christian Science and its many blessings. By right thinking and right living, thereby bearing witness in our daily life to the healing and uplifting influence of this great truth, do we express true gratitude to our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, for her many years of self-sacrificing work to teach mankind the true way to God, who is "a very present help in trouble." I pray that as the years pass I may be able by living aright to show the true gratitude which fills my heart today, but which words fail to express.

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