"To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big...

"To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings." I can fervently offer up praises of thanksgiving for understanding the great force of these opening words of the Preface to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Truly I can sing praises with all my heart. I write this testimony of gratitude for being rescued, as it were, from destruction and death, and for being given a glorious hope of immortality. This is a wonderful transformation to me, and the year 1912 will ever be inscribed on my memory as the year of great and manifold blessings. It was a marvelous experience to be led out of chaos and dark night, where the future appeared to be obscured and cloudy, whereas now I see a beacon-light of hope, which becomes more and more brilliant.

To inscribe my name to this testimony without saying what has brought about this change, would rob me of the greatest pleasure. I now perceive that to know and understand God, infinite good, so illumines the horizon of one's life that he can in great measure unlock the door of mysteries and can give answer to all seeming problems which encompass daily experience. My trouble was not physical, but I was in bondage to the thousand and one ills of the human mind ; living in mortal fear of some calamity or crisis happening, if not today then tomorrow ; going through the world aimlessly, as it were; living this apparently desultory life "to the end of the chapter," because by the very condition of things we must live without knowing either the why or the wherefore. To me this is the most abject misery that ever enshrouds the mind of any human being, and I thank God from my heart that the veil has been lifted, and "whereas I was blind, now I see." All of the foregoing shows, as surely as night follows day, that the past was all error, a myth.

Most of us, from our inherent nature, crave what we should have; and if we would only place our finger on our lips, as our Leader tells us, and think of our blessings, the doing of this daily would create in us silent gratitude, which would mean the reflection of the glory of our Master, and we should "see him as he is." Mere words are inadequate to express my feelings at this period. I can only state in a word that all things have been recreated and made new to me through the understanding of Christian Science, and the most wonderful thing is that there is no turning back. The power of Christian Science is great, and the Bible, interpreted in its light, will become a potent force to bring together the diversified sects and religions. May the day hasten of such a consummation!

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September 12, 1914

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