It is now more than twenty years since the light of...

It is now more than twenty years since the light of Christian Science first dawned on my consciousness. The illumination came with physical healing, in the search for which I had turned to Christian Science. This seemed marvelous at the time; but in the years that have followed, health and strength have become so natural that I have hardly known what it is to feel ill, any discordant condition having generally been very quickly overcome. This is also true of other Scientist members of my family. If asked what I am chiefly grateful for, the reply must be, for the knowledge of God gained in Christian Science. This knowledge, even though only feebly grasped and imperfectly demonstrated, does transform life and bring an underlying sense of confidence and peace which nothing else could give.

All through the long months and years of the war which raged in Europe, when for so long everything seemed on the side of the enemy except the indomitable spirit of our men and the conviction that we were standing for the right, it was Christian Science, with its absolute assurance of the all-power and presence of God as divine Principle or infinite Mind, ever operative in human affairs, which gave to that conviction the certainty of ultimate victory. Again and again when the forces of evil seemed to be getting the mastery and to be sweeping all before them, the inspired words of our dear Leader restored confidence and banished fear and doubt: "Right alone is irresistible, permanent, eternal" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 268); and again, "Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind" (Science and Health, p. 60). Such statements as these were indeed our daily food, and never failed to strengthen and sustain.

Before I knew of Christian Science, when a dearly loved brother chose the army as his profession, I remember thinking that if anything so terrible as war were to break out, I should not have a moment's peace while it lasted. Thanks to Christian Science, when the war did come I was able to see not only a brother but also three others of my nearest and dearest, besides almost every relation and friend of military age, go out to fight for the freedom of the world, and yet remain not only calm but cheerful and confident. Our gratitude for the mighty deliverance that has come can surely be best expressed by keeping on the armor of spiritual understanding and going forth in the strength of the Lord to face with confidence and moral courage whatever fresh phases error may assume.

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July 26, 1919

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