When I look back over the last sixteen or seventeen...

When I look back over the last sixteen or seventeen years, my whole heart goes out in gratitude to God for giving me Christian Science. I had four dear children, but I was impatient with them, although this grieved me nearly to desperation. My old way was to get angry and then be sorry, and I would depend on God's final forgiveness. I got along in that way till I lost my four children, in less than two weeks, with what we then called a fatal throat affection, though I have learned to see that it was mortal mind and a false sense of God and man which was responsible. I have learned that it is important to heed our dear Leader's words on page 495 of Science and Health, where she says, "Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit," and I have proved that it is the true sense of Spirit, God, that overcomes the belief in evil spirits, whether they manifest themselves in anger, lust, hatred, pain, or grief. With deepest gratitude I thank our dear Leader, and God shall have the glory. Again we have three sweet children, and I have now imbibed enough of the Christ-spirit, through the Christian Science literature, together with the companionship of Christian Scientists and a regular attendance at the Christian Science meetings, to realize the resurrecting power of Truth, which has lifted me out of the belief in materiality in which I was once buried.

In the spring of 1908 I felt led to memorize Paul's words which tell of the fruits of the Spirit: "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." He adds, "Against such there is no law." Soon afterward we had a severe frost which threatened to destroy our fruit for the coming season, but having this text in fresh remembrance, I worked to realize peace instead of fear in regard to the seeming prospect of destruction, and the result was very good. Our trees were a marvel to every one who saw them. I am so glad that I have been able to gain as much as I have through Christian Science, for it was my only hope of deliverance from sin.

Testimony of Healing
For years I had suffered with a chronic disorder of the...
September 4, 1909

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