In response to the loving invitation in the editorial, "Living...

In response to the loving invitation in the editorial, "Living Witnesses," to "consider the opportunity of the hour," given in the Sentinel for June 15, I take pleasure in trying to express my gratitude for Christian Science, in the hope that it may encourage some one seeking the light of Truth. Several years ago I left the religion in which I was brought up, for even as a child it had faild to satisfy my longings, and as I grew older I found no comfort in it. For a few years I drifted without any definite religious purpose.

Shortly after coming to the Canal Zone in 1912, I came into possession for the first time of a copy of the Bible. This was the beginning of my mental awakening. I became deeply absorbed in the book, particularly the psalms, and found much encouragement in the words of Jesus in the seventeenth chapter of John, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word." After studying the Bible diligently for about three years, I began to experience a strong desire to unite with some church. As going back to the old religion was impossible, my thought was turned toward the churches founded on the teachings of the Bible, which had become my one treasure. I began a study of the religious denominations from all the books I could get and even wrote to a gentleman in the United States who is well versed on this subject, asking him to map out a course of reading to help me select a church with which to unite, as I was very much in earnest. He granted my request, but after wading through another mass of literature I was more at sea than ever and could come to no decision.

Testimony of Healing
Christian Science came to me when very dark clouds...
February 1, 1919

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