As a child and as a growing girl I often felt very much...

As a child and as a growing girl I often felt very much depressed at the thought of all the suffering and unhappiness of which I knew. Sometimes when the other children were playing happily I used to think: "Oh, how can I be happy, when I know for certain that there are ever so many people in the world suffering pain or sorrow at this very moment?" My grandfather and my uncle had, through prayer and faith in God's all-power and love, brought about many healings, and this awakened in me a great longing to be able to do the same, to be able to help at least a little to lessen the misery in the world. I then thought this was a special gift which God gave to a chosen few, and I often prayed to be made good enough to receive this healing power.

Many years later this prayer of my childhood was answered through my becoming acquainted with the wonderful teaching of Christian Science. When first I was told about it by a friend, and was informed that through the study of Christian Science I could learn to heal myself and others, I was afraid that this could not be true, as it seemed too good to be so. At the same time it awakened in me a great hope that there might be some truth in it and, with great eagerness, I began to read the copies of the Journal and Sentinel that were lent to me. Then I sent for a copy of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and could hardly await its arrival.

This book was not then obtainable in New Zealand, and I had to wait several months before it reached me from Boston. When it arrived I read it every spare moment and deep into the night, day after day. I shall never forget the joy of that first reading seventeen years ago; it was wonderful. It lifted such a heavy weight of worry and sadness from me, and inspired me at once with great trust and confidence in divine Love. It healed me quite quickly of insomnia and nervous headaches, from which I had suffered for years, also of indigestion and rheumatism. An internal trouble which had caused me great pain for many years, and for which a doctor had advised me to have an operation, yielded more slowly, but it improved from the first day I read the textbook and gradually disappeared altogether.

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Testimony of Healing
In May, 1923, I was suddenly taken ill
January 21, 1928

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