The writer is one of those "that go down to the sea in...

The writer is one of those "that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters." Six years ago I was healed through Christian Science treatment of general ill health, and eyesight troubles so serious that it seemed as if it would be necessary to give up going to sea and seek some work on shore, as materia medica could hold out no hope of a cure; but through Christian Science all that has been changed, and now health and happiness have taken the place of sickness and misery.

In comparing the days spent at sea now with those before knowing of Christian Science, I am full of gratitude and thankfulness for the change that has been brought about through Christian Science. I never was inclined to read much, and the trouble with my eyes prevented my doing so even if I had felt the desire for it, and as for study, I avoided it as much as possible; mental inertia and physical weakness were strongly in evidence and took away all inclination for study and self-improvement. The Bible was a closed book; in fact I had none on board, considering it only took up space for nothing. Now all my spare time is profitably and enjoyably spent in reading the Bible, also "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, with all the other authorized Christian Science literature, and I have a daily feast of good mental food, so that the days at sea instead of seeming long and wearisome, as they used to do, now pass by quickly and happily.

Then there is the pleasure of going to the Christian Science services at a foreign port where there is a church or society, and I have always met with the greatest kindness and hospitality from the Scientists I have met abroad, so that the time in port has been spent as happily as when at sea. At the end of the voyage comes the meeting with my wife, son, and daughter, all of whom are Scientists, and this makes the list of temporal blessings complete.

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You will not compass your poor ends...
December 4, 1915

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