For the many benefits I have received through the study...

For the many benefits I have received through the study and application of Christian Science, I am sincerely grateful. Christian Science has given to me understanding pertaining to God and man that has satisfied an almost unquenchable longing. Even as a child I can remember very serious moments when I was striving to reason out what God meant to me and in what way my life was connected with the great Life-giver. The fear of life itself was at times a childish burden. In young womanhood, I married, and later found myself bound with thoughts of fear for the safety and protection of our baby, and by the ordinary beliefs of limitation that limit the confidence and love that should abound in the home. In this state of thought I quite naturally became morbid, embittered, and self-centered. My thoughts from morning to night were so filled with worry and fear that the sun and flowers seemed to give but little warmth and fragrance. As like begets like, these thoughts of inharmony were manifested in physical discords. I shall never forget the patience and love that was expressed to me at this time through a practitioner who intelligently explained to me that this condition of fear was due to my ignorance of God. From this time forth I sought to understand the truth that is so beautifully expressed by Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" and in her other writings, and strove to let it govern my thinking.

In Science and Health (p. 20) we read: "St. Paul wrote, 'Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us;' that is, let us put aside material self and sense, and seek the divine Principle and Science of all healing." In the desire to be obedient I was indeed blessed, for I began to get a glimpse of the truth that God is omnipresent good, filling all space; that eternity is here and now, and that man is God's spiritual idea, manifesting the completeness of God's glory and perfection, which heals the belief of inharmony and limitation. For this slight understanding of God's allness and the freedom that it has brought me mentally and physically I am very grateful; also for Mrs. Eddy's untiring labor of love in bringing the truth to our understanding, for the periodicals she founded, I can only repeat I am most humbly grateful.

September 17, 1921

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