Extracts from Letters

"On Easter Sunday I was leaving my ship to go to the Christian Science services when a sailor asked me where I was going. Not knowing that there were any other Scientists on board I answered truthfully, and very much to my surprise I was told that he was partially interested in Christian Science, having attended services in The Mother Church and in Brooklyn, New York. I asked him if he would accompany me to the services that evening, which he did. Being in need of treatment, he was introduced to a practitioner. A few days after treatment was begun, he came to me quite happy and said how fine he felt—just like a ten-year-old boy. His case was well met and he is now reading 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures' and other Christian Science literature which I have with me. Through this healing he feels that he has found the truth and is very much interested. Christian Science has been a help to me for the last five years, and especially while at camp. Of the inoculations I received while at camp only one troubled me; the other three had no effect whatever. I am very grateful for the fine work done by the Camp Welfare workers at Great Lakes and at Hampton Roads Naval Operating Base. The Christian Science Monitor is sent to this ship. ... I am indeed thankful to God and grateful to Mrs. Eddy for this wonderful truth which is indeed the Comforter promised to us by Christ Jesus."

"I indeed feel deeply thankful to Mrs. Eddy for her textbook, 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." During the past four and a half years of war time I have been through many periods of troubles, injustice, weariness, and loneliness, and without the help and trust in God as taught and found in Science and Health, I would have almost gone under. Christian Science has enabled me to retain wonderful health in the midst of the many vicissitudes, and it is quite impossible not to realize what is due to it. Some of the trouble experienced, to speak frankly, arose through my own doing, and in that respect Christian Science teaches with all justness that we must abide by the consequences. When, however, we suffer through the actions of others, I do not know where such help and practical comfort could be afforded as that to be gained from the teachings of Mrs. Eddy. When, as is sometimes the case, I read accounts of criticisms of Mrs. Eddy and certain witticisms passed at the expense of her followers, it makes me sad to think that the value of that which she sets forth should be thus lightly treated."

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Inspiring Motives
August 2, 1919

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