In 1901 Christian Science was presented to me by my...

In 1901 Christian Science was presented to me by my sister, who gave me a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy and told me that if ever I were in great need, this little book would show me the way to solve my problem. I was not interested and put it aside, but the seed had been sown. Our Leader tells us (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 111), "Leaving the seed of Truth to its own vitality, it propagates: the tares cannot hinder it."

In 1910, when I was suffering from both functional and organic difficulties, beyond the aid of opiates to relieve, a medical nurse who was attending me said she had cared for a patient who had been completely healed of a similar condition by Christian Science; and she asked me if I would care to try it. Then I remembered the copy of Science and Health and what my sister had told me several years previously.

Medical aid was discontinued, and the services of a Christian Science practitioner were secured. I was asked to read from the Bible and from Science and Health, and also from some Christian Science literature which was left with me. For several weeks the treatments continued, and still there was no release from the physical suffering or the sense of great depression. The practitioner assured me that the healing was taking place, and that I would realize it if I were faithful in doing my part. I was lovingly admonished to rejoice, and to find things to be grateful for each day, regardless of the testimony of the material senses. One day it seemed as if I had reached the limit of endurance; and I was so discouraged I thought I would discontinue the treatments. Then the thought came that I would try just once more and ask God to give me a clear understanding—to show me the way. I had learned more about the Bible in those few weeks than I had ever known before, and so I began to be grateful for that. Opening the Bible at random I turned to Habakkuk and read, "For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." Following this came a line from "the scientific statement of being," found on page 468 of Science and Health, which I had been learning: "Man is not material; he is spiritual." I realized I had been watching for the physical body to be healed and that healing is divinely mental. Instantly a great peace came to me and all pain ceased. I was filled with joy and gratitude.

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November 23, 1929

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