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[Translated from the German]
It has long been my desire to make public acknowledgment...
It has long been my desire to make public acknowledgment of the many blessings which I and my family have received through Christian Science. The glad tidings reached me after I had gone through a period of four years' suffering caused by a painful and so-called incurable eye trouble, which seemed to increase in severity despite conscientious efforts on the part of several physicians. Some copies of Der Herold der Christian Science were then handed to me by a Christian Science practitioner, and their contents filled me with great joy. Doubts soon arose, however, as to the soundness of the doctrine propounded, yet an inner voice asserted itself, carrying with it the conviction that there could be nothing wrong about a teaching that made me love and prize the Bible. I had read the Bible but little formerly, and without the interest derived from my present study, as it is now my most sincere desire to gain an understanding of this teaching.
At this time our three-year-old daughter was taken with whooping-cough. I asked the practitioner for help, and with a few treatments the child was healed. I, however, still went to the physician, impelled by extreme fear of losing my sight. When I finally saw that the skill of the physicians was inadequate in my case, I turned to the Christian Science practitioner for help, the condition of my eyes then being such that I was unable to distinguish one letter from another. I did not realize that fear and the belief that evil has power, bring about the very conditions which alarm us. It took a great deal of love and patience on the practitioner's part to enable me to look once more into the future with a sense of hope and courage, and it was not easy to rid myself of the fear of a chronic trouble which was constantly inducing pain and inflammation. It was my privilege, however, to prove that the power of God is mighty to strengthen those who are weak.
When I reached the point where I could read and write without any trouble, the opportunity was afforded me to have English lessons with a few other students, in order to be able to translate for our own use the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and my thought has always gratefully reverted to that time. I recovered the happiness and buoyancy of my school-days, and this helped me to overcome my sense of fear, so that with a growing understanding of the power of Truth, light shone into my consciousness. In Christian Science I learned the great truth that vision is spiritual and therefore eternal, unchangeable, and indestructible, and that it is impossible for me to lose the faculty of seeing, for with God, who is my light, there is "no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
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