It is with sincere gratitude to God for Christian Science...

It is with sincere gratitude to God for Christian Science that I give this testimony, and give it with the hope that it will help someone as I was helped several years ago.

We were forced through poverty to move into a dilapidated old house. We owed money to almost every merchant in town. However, I was studying Christian Science and had been for some time, and I recognized it to be the truth that Jesus said would make us free. One day when it seemed that things were most unbearable, I think I must have cried out to God with the sincerity and trust of a child, and I heard the "still small voice" ask in the words of Mrs. Eddy, "Are we really grateful for the good already received?" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 3.) And as I looked around, I tried to see the good I had received. At first it seemed a mockery, but I had learned to love obedience, and with humility I thanked God for a place to lay my head, and for a shelter from the wind and rain. I really had just begun to enjoy the place when we were able to move into a better one. I felt so much joy because I knew that through reading and studying Science and Health I had found the truth that would make us free.

Next I began to wonder how we should ever pay our debts. The answer came, "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another." Oh, the joy and gratitude with which I received such a wonderful truth. I knew now I had the spiritual means to pay all that we ever could owe. I had the right to express divine Love. I sat down then and there and turned my thought to the perfect spiritual man. Finally I telephoned to all our creditors and assured them that the money would be forthcoming, and I thanked them truly for their kindness and courtesies; and they were in turn so kind to me that I could scarcely keep from feeling surprise.

December 10, 1932

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