I had always had a great desire to love God supremely;...

I had always had a great desire to love God supremely; the pure and good in all things appealed to me. In my youth I joined an orthodox church with the full intention of living the highest spiritual life possible. Experiences, however, caused me to see that my knowledge of God was not sufficient to meet my needs. Prayers were unanswered, until I finally ceased to pray, feeling that if there was a God He would understand and send a light by which I could see my way to worship Him.

I began the study of Christian Science without prejudice, except that I did not like the thought of Mrs. Eddy having discovered it. Realizing that this was a hindrance to me, I asked in simple prayer that it be removed, and in its stead there came a feeling of love and appreciation for her. Never again did I have that feeling of dislike, and I realized then that this was a divine healing. My thought was so material I did not readily grasp the spiritual sense of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," written by Mrs. Eddy, but by applying what I did understand I was able to meet the needs of my little girl and myself; and this gave me courage to hold on to the truth through much opposition and criticism. I know now this strengthened me, though at times it seemed very unfair and distressing. Like Paul, I had to learn to suffer for Christ's sake; and after fourteen years of earnest effort to overcome the material sense of life through the understanding of the spiritual, I can humbly and gratefully say that I can also, in some measure, with Paul rejoice in tribulation. For every trial of my faith has made me stronger. In the solving of each problem I have been made ready for the next step, remembering that when trials "cease to bless they will cease to occur" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 143).

December 25, 1926

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