Over eleven years ago I became interested in Christian Science

Over eleven years ago I became interested in Christian Science. That year I lived with a Christian Scientist, and her demonstration of joy and happiness proved to me that her perception of God and the universe was different from any I had ever known. The following year I was forced to turn to Christian Science. I suffered severely from a nervous breakdown, was so mentally disturbed that I lost all interest in life, and was obsessed with a great fear of ending it. I felt as if I must be losing my mind. At that time I was wearing glasses and a truss for hernia. It seemed that all of a sudden I had dropped to the depths of despair, and the whole world seemed an enigma. I was desperate, and reached out to Christian Science as the only hope of help. I knew that the doctors could do nothing for me. I knew that I needed God, and the right apprehension of Him.

On page 70 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, we find the following: "Mortal existence is an enigma." As the truth of these words dawned upon my consciousness, I began to realize that what I was experiencing was, after all, an awakening. In "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 15) our Leader writes: "The new birth is not the work of a moment. It begins with moments, and goes on with years; moments of surrender to God, of childlike trust and joyful adoption of good; moments of self-abnegation, self-consecration, heaven-born hope, and spiritual love." And on the following page she says, "Here, then, is the awakening from the dream of life in matter, to the great fact that God is the only Life; that, therefore, we must entertain a higher sense of both God and man." Just such beautiful revelations of Truth as are found in all of Mrs. Eddy's writings, together with the Bible, are helping me to work out of the belief of an existence separate from God, good. My healings were slow, but I shall never cease to be grateful for the spiritual understanding that freed me from the great fear that was governing me. With the help of practitioners I stopped wearing the truss and glasses, and have not worn either for over eight years.

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