In loving appreciation of the great blessing of Christian Science...

In loving appreciation of the great blessing of Christian Science and of the way it has adjusted my life by its teaching of correct thinking, I wish to express my gratitude. It was about nine years ago that I first heard of this truth which heals. For eight years I had been a great sufferer from cancer and internal hemorrhage; had gone through several operations and many phases of treatment at different hospitals, but without any lasting benefit. Heart trouble was also very pronounced, and for years I was not able to lie down or take solid food.

When I seemed to have reached the end of my resources both in doctoring and in finances, I was told of Christian Science, and felt that I had at last reached something that would really help, for I had always been a lover of the Bible and had always turned to God in prayer. Arrangements were made for a practitioner to call and give me some explanation of this Science. It appealed to me at once; the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, was procured and treatment given; and praying earnestly to God for more understanding, I commenced to get better; my improvement grew day by day until after a short time I was able to get to church. After this step was taken my healing was soon complete, and I have remained in perfect health ever since, leading a very active life.

For this restoration I feel that I can never be sufficiently thankful, but when I realize that it is only through our Leader's teaching of man's true relationship to God, which alone makes physical healing and regeneration possible today, my gratitude is indeed great. On page 327 of Science and Health we read, "Reform comes by understanding that there is no abiding pleasure in evil." The wonderful truth of this statement was demonstrated to me by the following experience. One evening some time ago, when returning home, I felt distinctly prompted to take another way than the one originally intended, in order to call upon some friends who are Christian Scientists. When I left their house and had proceeded but a short way, the attitude of two men on the road attracted my attention, particularly as they wore rubber boots, which seemed singular on a fine evening. I walked a little farther, and then retraced my steps to find that the men had disappeared. Asking divine Love to guide me, I returned to my friends' house, and passed through the grounds to the back, where I saw one man trying to get in at the scfullery window. I asked him where his mate was, to which he replied, "I haven't any mate." My answer to that being, "We will go to him," he led me round to the other side of the house, where we found the second man just entering the study window, the family being by this time at dinner. This man struck me a terrific blow in the right eye. Although stunned for an instant, never once did I lose hold of the truth of the situation. I told them that the residents of the house were Christian Scientists and were protected by God's love. This remark immediately seemed to arouse their interest. Continuing in simple words to make known to them that their wrongdoing was the result of their wrong thinking, and that they could not possibly thrive on dishonest gains, I was able to draw them away from the house and walked with them to a quiet road where their car was standing. They drove me home, and I told them I would let them have some Christian Science literature to read; which they agreed to do on condition that I would not give them in charge. They were very grateful for the literature, and promised to return to London that night; which they did, as I afterwards learned.

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June 11, 1932

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