Prejudice kept me from Christian Science for three long,...

Prejudice kept me from Christian Science for three long, dark, and bitter years, though again and again I experienced the great peace and rest in my parents' house, where my mother and sister were studying it. When I was left without support for myself and two children, I turned to Science and received the calmness and peace which come with the understanding that no evil can come nigh us. Though I had left school thirteen years before, divine Love gave me the strength and intelligence to pass my examination in French and also for the position of a head teacher. This opened to me a higher and better salaried position as a Government teacher.

In 1919, when I came back to the East Indies after a three years' leave, I found that my salary as teacher was not sufficient to support us, because my boy must then go to the university. A year later, helped by the understanding that God is my intelligence, I passed an examination by which I secured the better salaried position of principal of a normal school for assistant native teachers. During all these past years material sense would keep on saying that I was not earning enough to pay for the education of my children. Through the study of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, I learned, however, that we should not rely on man for our supply; and many were the proofs that there is no lack in God's kingdom.

More difficult to overcome was my aversion to being a teacher. From my youth I had wished to study music; and not until now have I become reconciled to the giving up of this deep desire, which I had cherished for so long. Only since I have seen the peace, joy, and harmony due to Science experienced by the eighty-nine native girls staying in this boarding-school, can I say with all my heart, that this was the wisest path for me. The temporary building in which they live is small, and the climate warm; but after being here three months hardly any of the newcomers are ill.

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March 15, 1924

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