Too long have I delayed expressing, in writing, my gratitude...

Too long have I delayed expressing, in writing, my gratitude for Christian Science. Years ago a friend told me of the blessings it had brought her family and urged me to take up the study. I replied that I could not do it, as my husband was a physician. She said, "You could read the book and attend the church services." Just at that time I was longing for a religion and going to different churches, but I found nothing satisfying. I had been in earlier life a member of an orthodox church, but had lost interest and had ceased to attend, and for many years my Bible was a closed book.

The Sunday following the above-mentioned conversation I attended a Christian Science service for the first time, and I shall never forget the peace and harmony there experienced. On returning home I went to a neighbor who, I learned, was a Christian Scientist, and asked if I might borrow her book on Christian Science. She said she used that book every day and could not spare it, but she was to be away that afternoon, and if I would return it that evening I might take it.

I took the book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and devoured it, oblivious of time, till my children came in for their evening meal. As I had promised, I returned the book, but the seed was sown. The next morning I was in a new world. I was free from nasal catarrh of long standing, and so spiritually uplifted that the song in my heart for many a day was, "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." I at once procured Science and Health, wiped the dust from my Bible, began an earnest study of Christian Science, and became a regular attendant at all church services.

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February 9, 1929

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