Christian Science came into my life as a ray of light in...

Christian Science came into my life as a ray of light in the darkness of religious uncertainty. I was not uncertain of religion as taught and practiced by Jesus, but I had reached the conviction that there was something fundamentally wrong with the different denominational teachings, each of which claimed that it was the gospel of the one road to salvation. I had seen that each denomination differed from the others, and to a certain degree assumed that the others were wrong. So much was this impressed upon my thought that I was physically afraid of being seen going into another church, for I was accustomed to think of all but my own as not really churches but more like theaters. However, when I consented to read "What Our Leader Says" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 210), the first words written by Mrs. Eddy that I had ever seen, I felt within myself, What I have read here is good only, and therefore I need not be afraid of what my relatives and friends may say, for I cannot have too much of good. And so I became an earnest student of Christian Science.

Some two or three years later I was suddenly attacked by an illness so serious that I could hardly think. I felt sick all over, and was in pain so that I could barely sit up. In this condition it suddenly dawned on my thought that while I believed that God was omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniactive, I only believed it because I had read it in the Bible and in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and that my great need was to understand it myself. Quite as quickly followed the vision that some one at sometime must have seen this fact about God, as otherwise it never could have been recorded. Now I perceived that what the writers had seen was in Mind because it had come to them as thought. And with illumination logic this angel messenger showed me that whatever anybody else had ever seen I could see, if I only got the right mental attitude. Therefore I started with divine Love and commenced to analyze its essential meaning or nature. Examining the supposition that Love was absent, I perceived that that would be a lack of Love, and that Love could not be absent and still be Love to me. In order for it to be Love, it must be present. It was therefore revealed to me that Love is present, ever present, everywhere.

Testimony of Healing
I am filled with gratitude for all that Christian Science...
August 14, 1926

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