Christian Science came to me, as it has come to many of...

Christian Science came to me, as it has come to many of us, when the need was greatest. Those things which I loved to do were becoming burdensome, because I was allowing discouragement to enter my consciousness. I had been teaching Sunday school classes for at least ten years without any visible proof that I was explaining the Scriptures in a way to bring practical results. In fact, I had to avoid many questions asked by the children, as they were not clear to me, and many passages seemed contradictory. At this time I was chosen Junior League superintendent, and the five services I usually attended on the Sabbath day seemed more than I could stand. Another task which fell to my lot was that of personal worker during a series of evangelistic services. It had always been my desire to do this work, but I realized that it needed more understanding of the Scriptures than I possessed. One day previous to these meetings, my sister-in-law took me with her to the office of a Christian Science practitioner, and after, as I supposed, a little friendly and earnest chat, she convinced me that man is spiritual and not material. As I left the office I remembered that the first thing God gave to man was "dominion" over all things, and I wondered why I did not have it. I began to "search the scriptures" to find out, and was rejoiced to know that I was not related to Adam, the dust man. Gradually the old beliefs I had stored away in my mentality were replaced by the truth which makes free. As I gained some understanding of God's law and put it into daily practise, I had dominion over the problems to be solved. It was like being resurrected by Christ, Truth, and having my grave-clothes slowly unwound, and Christian Science was the star of hope which has led me into the light.

The first text given me after coming to Christian Science was this: "With God all things are possible." I then realized the great opportunity that God had given me, and instead of the work being a burden, as it had been a short time before, it became a great joy, so innumerable were the demonstrations of God's presence and power during the following two years that I remained in my old church. I helped the children to realize that God is love, ever-present Life, and this work gave me a joy which the world knoweth not, nor can it ever be taken away. I cannot say I was always willing to bear the cross of misunderstandings that seemed to arise, but it gave me fresh courage to remember that "with God all things are possible," and to recall the promise, "I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist." I found that I was more than conqueror, as I had conquered self, and I had conquered through the truth as Jesus taught it. As more understanding came to me, through the daily study of the Bible, and I learned how to be subject to the will of God, I found that I was healed of a physical ill of twenty years' duration, from which several physicians had given me no hope of ever being entirely free. I often made it hard for myself by imagining "vain things," but as we read in Science and Health, "divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" (p. 494); and thus far I have proved this to be true.

July 19, 1913
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