After several years of ill health, with periods of suffering...

After several years of ill health, with periods of suffering which were always followed by days and sometimes weeks of extreme fatigue, I was advised by the attending physician that a surgical operation to remove a fibroid tumor would be necessary to prevent permanent invalidism. With an overwhelming sense of fear and discouragement I reluctantly consented, at the same time praying for a gleam of light which would give me strength and courage to face the seemingly inevitable.

At this point a kind friend lent me a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. After I had read the first few lines of the chapter on Prayer the pages seemed to be illumined. I continued reading long into the night, forgetting all but the beautiful message that those inspired pages revealed. The next day I sent for a Christian Science practitioner, who lovingly consented to give me treatment, at the same visit explaining the use of the Christian Science Quarterly in studying Science and Health in conjunction with the Bible.

July 12, 1930

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