"Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me,...

"Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.... Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases." How many times these words of the psalmist have been repeated, but with what an imperfect sense of all they actually mean to us. We all like to hear the expression of gratitude, but the debt which we owe to God, good, for what is ours by divine right, far transcends the ordinary definition of the word gratitude. We need to live it, not express it by words only.

In return for such understanding which has come to me since I first learned of Christian Science I feel it is time that I added my testimony to the long list of those already published, in the hope that it will help some others to seek and to find the truth. In the first place, through that belief of superabundance of knowledge so common among mortals, I thought of Christian Science and those connected with it as hardly worth consideration, but I knew nothing about it. At that time, my eyes were closed utterly to the greatness and goodness of our Leader who, standing alone, has proved to the world what it means to love one's neighbor.

About seven years ago I met a young student through whom I first got a true glimpse of the divine Principle of Christian Science. The result was that the scales fell from my eyes and the light of Truth shone as I had never known it before. For many years I had tried to solve various problems,—to make "things" coincide with "reason,"—but I always found myself exactly where I started from. I knew there must be an answer somewhere, for I could never make it seem reasonable that God could maintain good and evil on substantially the same basis. It was the conflict within between truth and error, but truth was conquering daily the false material beliefs, and it was with intense delight that I found the answers to a great number of questions coming to my consciousness daily. I was beginning to learn the meaning of Jesus' words, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." With this speech of the "new tongue," I was completely deprived of the ability to believe much that I had believed, and gerat was my joy and relief that something of the truth had been revealed to me. From that time I have daily gained more understanding, until now I see how utterly false and hopeless are the commonly accepted theories ever to free any one from bondage.

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February 24, 1912

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