About ten years ago I attended a Christian Science Sunday...

About ten years ago I attended a Christian Science Sunday School with a friend. This friend knew of my need of healing of an internal injury, and wished to help me. She also lent me a copy of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, but as I was having a great deal of trouble with my eyes I did not read much. For eight years I had been a sort of semi-invalid, never well, never very ill, and had tried materia medica, osteopathy, also chiropractic and other remedies. I was not able to do any of the strenuous things others girls did—never ran, never lifted anything over a few pounds in weight. But few people outside of the immediate family knew of my condition; they just thought I was not very well or strong. Chronic and acute indigestion and chronic constipation had developed, and severe bilious attacks and sick headaches were periodic. I thought what I had heard and read of Christian Science beautiful, but did not altogether accept the physical healing and was unwilling to go to a practitioner.

I grew steadily worse, and two months after my visit to the Sunday school I was again examined by a doctor, who told me what I had been told before—that I would never be well unless I was operated upon. She wanted to make arrangements for me to go to a government hospital (I was in the government service), but all that I had heard of Christian Science came back to me, and I said to my mother, "I believe I will try Christian Science." She encouraged me, and after one treatment I had no more pain. In a week I was perfectly healed, and traveled two hundred miles on the train without even a sense of fatigue. The vacation, which the doctor wished me to take in the hospital, I spent in having a good and happy time.

Two months later, without any definite work on the subject, I discovered in the middle of the day that I had not had my glasses on; and I have never worn them since. In the years which have followed I have been unusually well, and I am very grateful that the study of Christian Science is a constant source of protection; but I am even more grateful for the happiness, peace, and joy which Christian Science brings as a religion. To learn really to trust and lean on God, to learn the unreality of evil and to see its manifestations disappear through this trust and this knowledge, is a far greater blessing than any physical healing itself could be.—(Miss) Mabel Joyce Frey, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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May 11, 1929

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