I did not come to Christian Science for physical healing,...

I did not come to Christian Science for physical healing, though I was in great need of that too; but I came seeking relief for a mental unrest and depression that at times seemed greater than I could stand. My mother had given me a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, which I had not opened during the two years it had been in my house. I was skeptical, and I was fearful. I was very much afraid that if I did take up the study of Christian Science it might become a great deal to me, and so cause discord in some way. I was to learn, however, that Christian Science cannot be the cause of discord, because it heals discord, and is the cause of harmony.

Finally, at the persuasion of my husband, I started to read Science and Health. Immediately the mental unrest grew worse, but I found it was of a different nature. Now I was continually thinking about what I had read, and trying to make it all seem reasonable when applied to my own experiences. During the first few weeks the stirring up was so great that I could not rest day or night; but I was very much surprised on thinking of my physical condition to find it improved. I had suffered from indigestion for many years, and now I found this condition better. I also found that a throat trouble was much improved. I could not understand then how this physical change had been brought about; but I did not spend much time wondering about it, as I was deeply impressed with what Science and Health says about prayer. I was convinced by reading the chapter on Prayer in Science and Health that I had previously been praying to an unknown God, and that this was why my prayers had not been answered. How to pray I did not know, but my mother told me that Science and Health would teach me; so I read on with a great desire to learn how to pray.

After seven months of reading I became conscious of a great physical change. I was free from an organic trouble for which I had doctored for several years; and I also felt that what had been my deepest prayer for the past eight years was about to be answered. My joy at this time knew no bounds; and the wonderful sense of peace that came through the unfoldment of truth during the next five months of almost constant study of Science and Health and the loving work of a practitioner, can never be described in words. Then a baby came to us, and has been a strong, wellnourished nourished child, healthy in every way. My physician had told me that this could never take place, unless the organic condition could be overcome. It had been a source of grief and disappointment through several years of doctoring to see this condition unyielding, and I had finally given up all doctoring as hopeless.

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March 15, 1924

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