I first heard of Christian Science in India in 1914

I first heard of Christian Science in India in 1914. At that time I could not believe in a God who allowed the war and all its suffering; so I had no religion and no faith in anything. But although I knew nothing of the teachings of Christian Science, I felt drawn towards it by the lives and example of the one or two Christian Scientists we found in each place that we moved to: they were so unfailingly kind to the rest of the community, so ready to help, so slow to judge. But it was not until 1920 that I began to feel that I needed Christian Science for myself. At that time I was a thoroughly discontented, unhappy woman. I had tried the so-called pleasures of this human experience and found they brought no happiness. From the moment that I heard that Christian Science teaches that God is good, and only good, and has no cognizance of evil, I knew that I had found the truth. I did not accept it easily—I had to fight every inch of the way; and to the practitioner who so gently guided and helped me through those first difficult times, I shall never cease to be grateful.

Since then our every need has been met by Christian Science, and when faithfully and honestly applied the help has always come quickly. In 1921, our little girl was instantaneously healed of measles. Two hours after I had wired for help she had changed from a feverish, sick child to a happy one dancing around the room; and although she had been covered with spots there was no trace of them the next morning. The following year this same child was healed of chicken pox in twenty-four hours.

One Wednesday morning our three-year-old son appeared to be very lame, and got worse as the day went on. When my husband, who is an army doctor, saw him in the evening, he said, "I don't like the look of it; you had better get help from a Christian Science practitioner at once." This was done. The following morning the symptoms were much the same, one leg seeming so much shorter than the other that the child frequently fell over. He and I went over to see the practitioner, and I shall never forger the complete freedom from fear that I felt throughout this experience. We both felt so safe; and right from the beginning I saw that the thing I had to do was to correct my thinking—to try to learn more of God, and of man as His image and likeness, and to bring more into my daily life the second demand of Christian Science as given by our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, on page 467 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.'" On Friday morning, though the physical condition seemed the same, there was a wonderful sense of peace, happiness, and safety in the house. The little boy, when he fell down, just looked up at me and laughed, saying, "God made man upright, so David doesn't need to fall over, does he?" I had to go out early that morning, and was not able to get back until the afternoon, but when I arrived home the lameness had completely disappeared. I immediately communicated this good news to the practitioner, telling her, however, that the foot seemed twisted and turned in. She continued work for him, and the next morning every wrong physical condition had disappeared and the healing was complete.

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