O Father-Mother, hear my prayerFor grace to do Thy will.
While Christian Scientists were not mentioned by name in your recent report of a sermon on the healing of a leper by the Master, it is evident that it is they who were alluded to.
The excerpts from the sermon on the subject of "Health and Religion," contained in your issue of November 1, include a reference to Christian Science which requires correction.
Under the heading "What is Christian Science?
Mary Baker Eddy did not claim to originate anything.
Space is courteously asked in which to correct a visiting minister's misstatement in a sermon recently reported in your paper.
Christian Science is not a "delusion" in which men "may shut themselves away from the problems of the world," as a bishop is reported as saying in the issue of your paper of September 5.
Your midnight skies were wet with many a tear,Your sun, your moon, your very stars were gone;This was the hour most potent, though most drear,For even then the rhythms of the dawnWere pulsing through the dark, until there cameAcross your skies of grief a vibrant flame.
Just now there are diverse developments in fields adjacent to religion.
Isaiah prophesied regarding Christ Jesus that he would come "to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
Christian Science is proving to men that the power of God, divine Truth, is ever present and ever available to heal and to save.
Applications for admission to membership in The Mother Church may be sent to the Clerk at any time throughout the year.
Testimonies of healings brought about at authorized lectures on Christian Science will be published in The Christian Science Journal or the Christian Science Sentinel, when verified as are other testimonies appearing in the periodicals.
My grateful acknowledgment of debt to Christian Science is long overdue.
Christian Science was first effectively brought to my attention in 1913.
With deep gratitude for the freedom which has come into my life through Christian Science, I desire to testify to its healing efficacy.
It is now over sixteen years since my first healing in Christian Science, and I have always been grateful that this demonstration so impressed me as a manifestation of God's presence and power that there has never since been the least desire for any material remedy.
The religion in which I had been brought up failed me by the time I left school.
It is with a heart full of gratitude for the understanding of God gained through Christian Science that I give this testimony.
It is with must gratitude that I testify to the healing power of Christian Science.
I should like to speak of the blessings which have come to me in Christian Science, but so abundant and manifold have they been that I scarcely know where to begin or what to relate.
With a grateful heart I wish to acknowledge the many blessings that have come to me through the study and practice of Christian Science.
Who in frail words can tell the unmeasured joyWhich comes to him who, having humbly trodThe narrow way that leads to life in God,Freeing the gold from dross and base alloy,Finds some glad day the gift for all who seek—The Father's everlasting arms of loveTenderly guiding, lifting thought above,Healing the proud, encouraging the meek!Such pilgrim, tempted with a sense of fear,Sickness, or sin, or seeing another so,Knowing God's allness, bits the intruder go,Declaring His the only presence here.
[Editorial in The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Massachusetts]