In reading the Sentinel, from which I receive so much...

In reading the Sentinel, from which I receive so much help, I feel that I too must give thanks to God for the truth as taught in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. As my thought goes back to where I was when I first heard of Christian Science, I think I have much to be thankful for. We were living on a ranch in Oklahoma, and at that time houses were very scarce, so we were compelled to live in tents. We had been there only a short time when my brother-in-law was taken severely ill with acute lung trouble, and was confined to his bed for some five or six weeks. After he began to recover his wife was sticken down with the same disease, and as there seemed to be much fear in her thought she asked us to write to her mother to come to her. At that time her mother resided in Kansas, and while en route to Oklahoma, she stopped over night at Arkansas City. At the hotel she met a lady to whom she related the story of her daughter's illness and expressed her fears regarding the case. The one to whom she related all these troubles was a Christian Scientist, and she talked to her about divine power, declaring the truth to her about her daughter, and also offering the loan of a copy of Science and Health and a Christian Science Journal, telling her she could return these books on her way home.

This mother gladly accepted the books, and after she arrived at our house I noticed that all the evening and the next day she seemed more interested in reading a book than she was in trying to take care of the sick ones. Some other members of the family also noticed this, and remarked about it, but on the third day while she was reading I caught the words on the outside of the book: "With Key to the Scriptures." This interested me, and I at once asked her about the book. She told me it was all new to her, and then gave me the Journal to read. The fourth day, late in the evening, she gave me Science and Health to read and said she intended to start home next morning, taking her daughter with her, as she was so much better it seemed as if she could make the trip safely. This she did, and later her husband joined her there.

I had time then to read only a few pages of Science and Health, just enough to cause a desire to know more about it; but four months later I came to Wichita, and here I have been led step by step to know more about that wonderful book. My experience has proven to me that it makes no difference where we are, if we are seeking the truth. God makes a way for us, and He has many ways to bring us to a knowledge of His truth. When we loan our literature with the thought of helping and giving the message of the Christ-healing to needy mortals, we cast our bread upon the waters, and it does not return unto us void. We do not know what kind of homes it may enter, or what weary ones may be "waiting and watching for rest and drink" (Science and Health, p. 570).

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March 30, 1912

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