Christian Science came to me as the light that shineth...

Christian Science came to me as the light that shineth in darkness, when after experiencing repeated failures in business ventures my mental condition had become one of great despondency. There would be weeks at a time when no cheerful thought would be mine. I became an agnostic, and even to hear the name of God mentioned caused me to become enraged.

My sister first presented Christian Science to my notice some years ago, but finding that it dealt with the subject of God, I rejected it and continued in darkness until my despair became so great that I longed for something better than the illusive pleasures of matter, which always ended in disappointment and pain, and my involuntary prayer was answered! One day, when I was suffering from a severe cold, I asked my sister to give me a treatment in Christian Science. To be frank, I must say that I do not know why I asked for the help, as I expected no result from it, and in fact was rather amused at the idea that a prayer could help any one either mentally or physically. I was on my way to business, and the trip from my home to the office consumed about a half hour's time. My surprise was intense when I found that the cold had entirely disappeared before I reached the office. I had been so hoarse that I could not speak aloud, while my lungs and throat were very sore and inflamed; but now I was well. In the evening I told my sister that the cold was gone, but that no doubt it would have gone any way, as it had probably run its course. She very patiently refrained from arguing the matter with me, and for the time nothing further was said.

Some days later I had an attack of illness, and as I dreaded the long siege of intermittent pain which always came with these attacks, I again applied for help. This time my sister told me she would give me treatment if I would take a copy of Science and Health to the office and read at least one paragraph at some time during the day. I was again healed within a very few hours, and then I was interested. I took the book, and read not only one paragraph, but page after page! Gradually, as I read, it began to dawn on my benighted consciousness that there really is a God, an infinite Principle, who is Love, Life, and Truth, who not only is not and could not be the author of the evil I had seen and experienced, but at whose coming sin, disease, and death disappear. Of course this glimpse of Truth was very slight, but it is unfolding gradually and assuming grander proportions in the ratio of my ardor in seeking the truth.

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Testimony of Healing
I desire to acknowledge the many wonderful blessings...
June 3, 1911

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