Christian Science was first recognized in our home when...

Christian Science was first recognized in our home when I was but a small child; and while I can now see the healing truth it brought, I did not actually put it to the test until several years later. As young womanhood was attained a chronic disorder had developed, the only relief for which, under medical treatment, would have been an operation. Many times I have received loving help from a dear practitioner, but the fear that this error, which seemed to occur more often and with greater pain, might return, kept me in a very fearful and uncertain condition. At this time my work called me to a distant city.

On the way to my room one evening all the symptoms of this discord seemed to be manifested, but instead of the great fear which had previously been so evident, there was a sense of peace and love which gave me strength and confidence. There were many practitioners available, but I had no inclination to call for help. "A still small voice" assured me that I need not fear; that I was at-one with God, and it was for me to accept this truth with childlike confidence and stand firm, knowing that man is the complete and perfect idea of God, good. Arriving at my room I opened our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and began reading on page 495: "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious—as Life eternally is—can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not." I read and reread the words. It seemed to me like a voice from heaven, harmony, soothing the pain and comforting me. Gently "the recognition of life harmonious" was firmly established in my consciousness, and I was healed. I went to the office the next morning freer and happier than I had ever been before. On previous occasions it had seemed impossible for me to attend to my duties for several days, and this demonstration of Love's ever-presence and power to heal filled me with an inward joy. There has never been the slightest return of the discord from that time to this, about eleven years.

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