Just a little over a year ago I was able to demonstrate the...

Just a little over a year ago I was able to demonstrate the guiding and guarding power of divine Mind in the third battle of Ypres. I had just returned to France off leave in order to join my battalion in the Ypres sector. Eventually, on the third day, after various intervening actions, we were told that we were to take over a part of the front line, or rather system of shell holes, and probably do an attack the day after. The prospect of an attack in the awful mud did not tend to raise our spirits. It meant constant mental work not to let in depressing suggestions, and a very definite refusal to listen to material sense testimony. The day before the attack we had to spend in shell holes, being heavily shelled most of the day.

That night we moved to our battle positions. No one, of course, knew the way, as in daytime it was impossible to look out of one's shell hole for more than a minute or so and we were on ground that had been won only a few days previously. On my way back to join my company after having been to battalion headquarters to get final orders, about nine o'clock in the evening, I lost my way. It was pitch dark, raining some of the time, with a great wind blowing and the mud so thick that it was difficult to walk—and no one quite knew where the enemy was.

I had not been wandering long in No Man's Land when I suddenly came across my sergeant major, who with eighteen men had also lost his way, so now I had to plod around with these weary men following me. My compass being broken, I had no means whatever to guide me; and at any moment we might be walking into the enemy's lines. After about an hour's wandering I halted the party, got down into a shell hole, and just declared the truth. I declared the "scientific statement of being" (Science and Health, p. 468), and just knew Love was leading me. Having done that I got up and almost immediately found the place I was looking for. Twice more during the course of the night it was necessary for me to go out into the dark and leave my company, and each time after I had completely given up trying to find my way by landmarks, I just worked scientifically and was guided to my destination. This may sound like an exaggeration, but there simply was absolutely nothing material by which one could guide one's self, and without the assistance received from divine Mind I could never have found the places I was looking for.

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Testimony of Healing
It is with a deep sense of gratitude to God that I give this...
February 22, 1919

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