Gratitude Expressed

I desire to express my deep gratitude for the life and works of Mary Baker Eddy and for the Christian Science movement which she has founded. Before I grasped this truth, I had, in the endeavor to analyze the various human theories, material, medical, and theological, concerning the certain of the universe and man, reached the conclusion that all was a "muddle," and to-day I know that my physical breakdown was not because of material conditions but because of the lack of a spiritual ideal upon which to base my views of existence. In the last thirteen years Christian Science has meant life and sight to me, and I have come to know that one may often be persecuted by one's own beliefs. but that this error does not reach true living.

Although God's law works consistently and the wonderful preservative power of Truth remains eternally the same, individuals arrive at conclusions in devious ways. Thirteen years ago I laid aside glasses, and was immediately severely tested. I accepted a position in a private library where I was obliged to use my eyes constantly in reading very fine print and manuscripts. One day I found that I could not see the page, and after using every argument and endeavoring to realize that sight is spiritual, not physical, still I could not see the page. Finally I learned back in my chair, saying that if the work were done that afternoon it would have to be done by divine power, not by my own. After a few moments I found myself naturally and almost unconsciously taking up the pen and proceeding with my work. Although physicians had said I would need to wear stronger glasses each year, I have never felt the need of them since that experience and have used my eyes constantly, believing that the use of any God-given faculty strengthens, while nonuse weakens it.

September 28, 1918

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