It is with the deepest thankfulness that I acknowledge the...

It is with the deepest thankfulness that I acknowledge the many blessings which Christian Science has brought into my life. I therefore add my testimony with the sincere hope that it may encourage others to take up the study of this glorious truth which brings us out of bondage. When I first had Christian Science brought to my notice, I was a practising physician in a large city, with a family of four dependent upon me. I saw the power of Truth to heal in Christian Science, but I put it aside, as when Agrippa said unto Paul, "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." I would not heed the call, but continued until death took out of mortal sight my eldest daughter. I then mourned bitterly, for I had no God. I had lost the only concept of God I ever had when our minister came and, kneeling at the bedside, prayed we might be resigned to the will of God. I ended his prayer with a protest that I could not love a God who would take so bright and happy a young woman out of a home that needed her, and my old religion was gone. For six years I would not be comforted, and materia medica had put upon me the law that I would go insane if I did not take up some line of active work.

I went South to save the youngest daughter from tubercular disease, andwhile there, and far enough away from those who knew me,—for I had scoffed at what I thought to be Christian Science, and also at Mrs. Eddy,—I wanted to prove the truth of the healing, then like Thomas of old I would believe. Oh, the joy when I had the proof in the healing of a loved one! Then my own healing followed, and with it a longing for the book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." It is now over four years since this truth came to me, during which time God has been our only physician for every ill. In these years, blindness, typhoid fever, abscess of long standing, neuralgia, bronehial trouble, and many minor ailments, have been overcome with the application and understanding of divine Truth; but the spiritual uplift and peace with God is beyond what mortal tongue or pen can express. It was a bright and happy day for me when I could realize the truth of these words from Revelation: "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

Before I understood that God is Love, and the kingdom of heaven within, I thought I would have to die before reaching the state where my tears would be dried. But thanks to our dear Leader, who was pure enough to discern the truths of the Bible and give them to us in Science and Health, all who "hunger and thirst after righteousness" can through her teachings know God aright; and Jesus has said that the knowing of God is life. We know that if we are in His image and likeness there can be no death for His child; the belief of mortal sense is all that dies. There can be no more tears for loved ones gone before, when we realize this truth as revealed in Christian Science; and now I know what Jesus meant when he called to him all such as feel the burden of their sins, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." I felt the sorrow and burden of belief in matter, but when my eyes were open to the true state of the child of God, not forsaken and alone, but ever in the embrace of the heavenly Father, who blesses even those who know Him not, and is calling, ever calling us to repentance, yes, it was a happy day when Christ, Truth, set me free! I found God, not afar off, but Immanuel, "God with us," and with this assurance and constant effort I am finding my way from sense to Soul, putting off the "old man with his deeds," and putting on the "new man" after Christ Jesus, who has shown us this way to our Father's house, the true consciousness of the children of God.

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September 20, 1913

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