About twenty years ago I found the greatest blessing of...

About twenty years ago I found the greatest blessing of my life. A friend showed me the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy; and after reading a few pages of it I was absolutely convinced of the truth contained in it. As I had soon to leave Java, Dutch East India, to go to Holland, somebody gave me three copies of the Christian Science Sentinel, in which I read every day on the voyage. On reaching home, the first thing I did was to write to Boston for all of Mrs. Eddy's works. When they arrived, I was very much pleased with all except "Christ and Christmas." Nevertheless, I thought I would make the best of it; so I showed the wonderful pictures to my children, and translated and explained the poem to them. Not long after that I felt so very ill, I thought I should pass on. There was also a feeling that people were angry with me, so that evil thinking seemed very real. I at once began to work as hard as I could, praying and knowing that God could help me. After some hours of struggle, I recalled one of the pictures in "Christ and Christmas,"—the woman sitting in the light of Truth studying the Bible, with a serpent behind her, not, however, able to touch her or to intrude upon her quiet study. It became so clear to me how powerless evil beliefs are, having no origin. God is the only cause and creator; so that there are in reality only good thoughts. I felt myself free from fear, and found myself "every whit whole."

Through this experience I learned two things: first, that evil beliefs are powerless. The only power they can claim to have is the power we seem to give them by taking them into consciousness, and so we need not fear them. Divine Mind is infinite and everywhere; so in reality there cannot be anything else but good thoughts. The other great lesson I learned was that everything that Mrs. Eddy gave to us is of value.

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