I first heard of Christian Science in 1896, but as it...

I first heard of Christian Science in 1896, but as it seemed not to agree with the Bible as I understood it at that time I gave it little attention. Our baby boy had never been able to digest his food properly and had suffered greatly in consequence. The doctor assured me each month that the next he would be better, but the improvement never came. I wrote a specialist on children's diseases, who sent a prescription and said if that did not help the baby nothing would, as he was in the last stages of cholera infantum. I gave this remedy without results.

I again went to the friend who had told me of Christian Science, this time anxious to find help for my child. The words of love she spoke gave me courage, and I consulted the other members of the family about having this kind of help. No one would give me advice but said to do as I thought best, and after a few days of thought and prayer I decided to see a practitioner. I spent an hour or so with her very profitably. As I was leaving I asked what I was to do and she said, "Know for yourself and the child that you are the ideas of infinite Love." I have been trying ever since to realize this great fact.

The next morning the child seemed perfectly well. I could not believe the work was done, so continued the treatment for a week. This was the last of 1897 and from that time until the present the child and I have not taken any medicine. At two different times the doctor was called because there was at that time no practitioner in the city and the other members of the family insisted something must be done. One was a case of hemorrhage, the other convulsions; the doctor's verdict in each case was that the conditions were very serious. The child absolutely refused to take the remedies left for him. For hours I could only repeat the words of our Leader's hymn, "Christ My Refuge" (Poems, p. 12), and it destroyed my fear and the child was healed.

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May 8, 1920

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