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It is with a heart filled with gratitude to God for leading...
It is with a heart filled with gratitude to God for leading me to Christian Science, and a desire to help some one else, as I havve been helped, that I give this testimony. I was a regular attendant at and member of an established church; but although I loved my church, I always wondered why there were so many religions. It seemed to me there must be something wrong with religion, as I felt there should be only one Shepherd and one flock; and often the thought of prayer would puzzle me. I would think: What is the need of asking God for a particular thing, when we do not know whether it is best for us or not? All that seems necessary to say is, "Thy will be done."
After a while a great sorrow came to me in the passing away of my eldest boy, and I tried hard to think that God knew best. I dwelt on this loss so much that, finally, I became so ill my husband called a doctor, who said I had a nervous collapse. He told me I had allowed myself to get into that condition through grief; that I must look on the bright side of things and remember my other children, or choose the sanitarium. The thought of my other children woke me up to the fact that I must get well; and I became a little better. I turned to the Bible, trying to find out what it all meant; but I could not understand it, and wondered why God had given us a book we could not understand. Every way I turned I was always asking, Why? I went along in that despondent and weakened condition for about a year. Then one day, while visiting friends, I was told of the healing of another friend by Christian Science. During the conversation my husband said, "Why don't you try Christian Science?" I got right up and called this friend on the telephone and asked her to take me to church the next Sunday. I went, and came away favorably impressed. The next week my friend came to my home with the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and read the Lesson-Sermon with me. I shall never forget that act; it did so much for me.
I commenced to read Science and Health that night, and read and pondered it for three weeks. In the delight of finding a God of love instead of one who punishes, and the beautiful truth of Life and the unreality of death, I forgot all about myself, and woke up to find I had lost all the despair and doubt, and felt as uplifted as a bird—as though I had entered a new world. The Bible and the Christian Science textbook have become my best friends and problem-solvers. I have proved many times that they are a light unto my path, and a lamp unto my feet. Words cannot express my gratitude to Mrs. Eddy, and to everything and every one connected with Christian Science, for they have revealed to me the God of love, the truth of Jesus' teachings and what he did for mankind, and are revealing every day a little more of the Christ, Truth. My children attend the Christian Science Sunday School, and they many times help me to prove this wonderful truth. I am truly grateful for Christian Science.
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HELEN LUDLOW JACOBY
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"Judge not, that ye be not judged"
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The Simplicity of Christian Science
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