Four years ago I came to Christian Science for physical...

Four years ago I came to Christian Science for physical healing. I had been a member of a church and active in the Sunday school as well as the church work, but when I became sick with a very severe nervous breakdown, accompanied by stomach trouble, the prayers that I had been taught and my understanding of the Bible were of no help. The doctors could not do me any good either, and the verse of Scripture, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom," was constantly in my thought and was my only comfort.

We decided to visit a former minsiter, who had been a help to us in many ways and who was studying Christian Science, although we did not know this at the time. After being in his home a few days he handed me some Christian Science literature to read. I could not seem to become interested in it, but neither could I let it alone; I would find myself constantly picking it up and reading it. Thus the seed of Truth was planted, and shortly after arriving home I went to see a practitioner and asked for treatment. Many hours were spent in the reading rooms, which were certainly a place of refuge in my time of trouble. My healing was slow, but this forced me to study more and helped me to get rid of my false concept of God, who I thought knew both good and evil, and whom I greatly feared. Through the knowledge of God as wholly good, and with the help of the faithful practitioner. I was perfectly healed.

For the physical healing I am very grateful, but for the wonderful spiritual uplift I can never begin to express enough gratitude in words; I hope that by right living I may be a help to others. I am grateful for all the authorized literature, the Sentinel, the Journal, and that wonderful daily newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, which surely blesses all mankind; and grateful to Mrs. Eddy for giving us the Lesson-Sermons, whereby we can gain a correct understanding of the Bible. I never cease being thankful for the loyal ones who make it possible for us to receive all this literature, The Christian Science Publishing Society. I am grateful for the War Relief committee, which is doing such a great work for "our boys." My husband and I have had the privilege of class teaching, which is a wonderful help, also of church membership, and have been greatly blessed by all these steps, which are helping us to overcome hatred, envy, jealousy, self-righteousness, sin, and error of every kind. I know now that true prayer is, as Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health (p. 4), "the habitual struggle to be always good."

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March 15, 1919

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