It is just four years since I began to study Christian Science

It is just four years since I began to study Christian Science. A year previously I had been given the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, by a relative who had become interested in the subject. I was going abroad at the time and took the book with me, but did not see very much in it, and put it away altogether.

I was abroad a year, and on my return home I went to stay with this relative. I became quickly conscious of a change both in her and in her husband. I felt they were resting on something which was giving them a sense of peace and security. They seemed no longer afraid of illness and were meeting more calmly the little difficulties of every-day life. One of their children, a littel girl of six years, was ill during my visit. To me she seemed very far from well, and just sat in an easy chair, not speaking to any one. She would not eat anything and looked really ill. I was told she was having Christian Science treatment. After about two days, as she did not appear to improve, a practitioner came to see her, and the next day the child was perfectly well. She ate like a schoolboy, and her face looked pink and healthy; there was not a sign of weakness, and she ran about and played as usual. I was very much impressed by all this, and felt there must be something in Christian Science if it could bring about these results.

Then I began to read the text-book again. This time I found I was interested at once, and as I read on I felt more and more drawn to its teaching. I was in a very unhappy condition of mind at the time; I had no religion at all, and had for a long time given up reading the Bible. I was very lonely, just traveling about, paying visits and living in hotels. Two people whose affection and companionship had largely added to the happiness of my life, both died very suddenly; my husband was killed in an accident, and my mother, with whom I lived for nearly four years after his death, was taken ill quite suddenly and passed away in two or three days. I found it very difficult to be alone, and I could not get free from the sense of grief and loss. All this unhappy condition gradually left me as I gained more understanding of Christian Science. I have been able to make a home and live alone, and I can honestly say that I never feel lonely for a moment. I am gaining a truer sense of happiness, and I am thankful to know that it can never be taken from me.

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August 22, 1914

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