Since God answered my prayers for a knowledge of the...

Since God answered my prayers for a knowledge of the truth, I have had many healings, both physical and mental, but that which I am most grateful for is the peace that Christian Science has brought into my life. Since childhood I had been very religious, thinking much about God, and longing to feel that I was worshiping Him aright. I went from one church to another, studying the teachings of each, and trying to live up to them, but all the time I felt that I was far from knowing the truth about God, and my deep longing for Something was never for one moment satisfied by the churches which I attended. I was then so bitter against what I thought Christian Science to be that I did not even look into it, but struggled on, praying, and searching in every direction but the right one for that Something I felt a need of. Every day I had to tell myself over and over again that it was not right for me to attempt to judge God,—which I did when my thought was filled with indignation,—instead of being resigned to people's oft-repeated remarks about this being the will of God, and that being what our heavenly Father wished for us.

When I read and heard during the war of the horrors abroad, and when during the first epidemic of influenza so many, young and old, passed away, whose lives were good and useful, and when a great sorrow came into my own life, I felt my love for God weakening in spite of myself, and was utterly discouraged. Just when I felt the last bit of religious fervor dying in my heart, because all those to whom I turned for guidance and comfort in my sorrow could only tell me to be patient and resigned and not to question God's will, some one asked me to read "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, that wonderful book which I had always scorned, and even disliked to see lying on my mother's table. I did so, and Mrs. Eddy's beautiful and correct idea of God as Love, who does not will anything but good, healed me, and I went to church the next morning loving God as I had never loved Him before, and so grateful to Him for having led me to the true fold, that when the services began with that wonderful hymn,

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Signs of the Times
April 30, 1921

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