After many years of material thinking and living, in...

After many years of material thinking and living, in which I indulged in all of the so-called material pleasures to the full and was in bondage to false appetites, I found myself debarred by my own thought and that of others from following my calling, that of an accountant. Two reasons were urged for my not doing so; namely, age and eyesight. It was impressed upon me in season and out that I was past the age where I could be used, and when I discovered a failure of eye sight I felt I was surely done for. In discouragement I sought other ways of making a livelihood for myself and family. The struggle grew harder and more bitter, but I felt that nothing could or would stop me from providing for my loved ones. What the consequences to me might be, I did not know or care.

A year previously Christian Science had been offered to me, but I was not ready to accept it, and even though the struggle just to live became more hideous and cruel I still did not feel ready. It seemed necessary for me to be "beaten with many stripes" before I would awake, but I am grateful now for the experience, for it taught me many valuable lessons. At last I turned wholly to God. When everything was gone and I had no work nor prospect of any I made my appeal to "our Father." As soon as this appeal was humbly and rightly made, while I was "yet a great way off," He who is ever present good had compassion on me. What a blessed and hallowed day that was. I was led to where I secured congenial work and in pleasant surroundings. Feeling, in a blind way, an immeasurable sense of gratitude, I sought to find a way whereby I might know God. Christian Science kept recurring to my thought, but I did not seem to want it. At last, however, through some impulse I could not define, I turned completely to it, without any reservation whatever, for I wanted to find God and to know Him aright. I sought and have found what means more than all material things, "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding." My turning to Christian Science was not for physical but for mental healing. I had studied many religions in an effort to find the truth, including Mohammedanism and Buddhism, but they were all as "a reed shaken with the wind." Since turning to God, as we are taught to through Christian Science, my every need has been met.

Mrs. Eddy writes on page 340 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "The First Commandment is my favorite text." Having no other but the one true God makes it impossible to entertain in thought anything that is opposed to God or infinite good, and the realization of this instantly healed me of the smoking habit of thirty-three years' duration. Failing eyesight yielded when I awakened to the fact that I was allowing the belief of it to usurp God's omnipotence in my thought. My sight was so defective that I frequently had to call some one to read things for me, as I seemed unable to distinguish letters or figures. I am a bookkeeper, and while at work one day one of these occasions arose. I took off my glasses and declared the truth, and have never had occasion or need for them since, and I can read finer print now than when I was supposed to have good sight. A lame back of many years' standing, supposed to have resulted from overindulgence in liquor, yielded to the truth and in three months I stood erect and free, praising God. Colds, catarrh, constipation, headaches, toothache, rheumatism, ingrowing toenails, carbuncles, and an extremely mean disposition, have all yielded to the truth.

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May 7, 1921

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