One of the great joys of Christian Science in my experience is to look back upon the numerous landmarks in my progress and at each step see the convincing proofs of Love's guidance and protection,—how, coincident with my "radical reliance on Truth" (Science and Health, p. 167), the seeming resistance of material evidences has given way, and I have been led through the mists of mortal mind to peace, health, and a clearer understanding of my relation to God. Of all the landmarks of my progress in Christian Science, the one of which I think most often as a great help all through the recent years is landmark number two; and in order to show my particular gratitude I shall touch briefly on landmark number one, which was my original healing.

For nearly a year I was practically a helpless invalid,—the culmination of about ten years of nervous disorders and doctoring. I was unable to leave home unattended, even to go the shortest distance; when I did venture out I would frequently be brought home in a state of collapse and would find relief only in quieting powders and other medicines, including at times large doses of a certain drug at half-hour intervals. At this stage I turned to Christian Science, and in about three weeks I resumed my business and was going about at ease.

A few years after this I was passing through a wild section of woods about two hundred miles from home, on a canoe trip with a young man just about seventeen years of age. In a spot at some distance from any human habitation the young man was taken suddenly ill, and became unconscious and delirious. I was immediately tempted to think of my former condition, and to believe I was then all alone—and worse than alone—with a seemingly helpless friend to care for. After a few minutes' quiet realization of the truth I was calm and at work. I pitched our tent, cooked my supper, put my friend to bed, got out my copy of Science and Health, and drowned the mutterings of error with the audible reading of passages from Mrs. Eddy's book. I was forced to make my own demonstration, and humility, earnestness, and untiring effort were needed in seeking the solution. I knew that God was present—there and then. I knew He was all-present and omnipotent, and therefore there was no possible power to oppose Him. When I awakened, the sun was shining brightly. I nudged my friend and we arose together, both feeling fine, and we rejoiced on the remaining ten days of our trip in the knowledge that, as Mrs. Eddy says in "Unity of Good" on page 24, "God is All-in-all; and you can never be outside of His oneness." This was the proof which seemed to make Christian Science my own. I had proved it for myself and another, and since then, about nine years, I have had further proofs at every step.

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December 14, 1918

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