Almost fifteen years ago my mother began the investigation...

Almost fifteen years ago my mother began the investigation of Christian Science. Being a mere child, I readily accepted what I imbibed from reading, and from what my mother told me. For some three years I depended on my mother's efforts to keep me well. But at that time, when I was thought to be passing on with typhoid fever, a telegram was sent to a practitioner asking for help, and within half an hour I was up and dressed. Later, a heavy dinner brought no ill effects. I was healed! With the healing came not only a desire but also a determination to know what had brought the healing, and the calm, peaceful feeling which accompanied it.

Since that time there has been much to be grateful for. From a weak, nervous, fearful, melancholy child with an inheritance of tuberculosis constantly presenting itself, I have, through the help of loving practitioners and friends, been able to prove over and over again the power of God, good, in displacing weakness with courage and strength; for Mrs. Eddy tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 417) that we should "never tell the sick that they have more courage than strength. Tell them rather, that their strength is in proportion to their courage." Instead of fear of being alone or being with people, fear of darkness, of noises, of animals, of crowds, of criticism, of death, and of everything under the sun, the understanding of God as Love, as taught in Christian Science, is taking away even the remembrance of those foolish beliefs; and a peace that passeth understanding is replacing them.

Aside from the healing of every one of the many physical tortures that the cruel so-called laws of mortal mind had laid upon me, have come many, many healings of errors of disposition. Love is replacing hate of people as well as hate of certain types of sin, which had been magnified into realities in my thought. Kindness is healing a thought of criticism. Sincerity is destroying its counterfeits, insincerity and affectation. An earnest desire to prove the power of God, divine Love, is eliminating all desire for self-seeking or aggrandizement. Humility is leaving less and less room for sensitiveness or selfishness. In fact, heaven, harmony, is becoming a present possibility, and gratitude has been my shortest road.

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June 3, 1922

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