As long as I can remember I was not strong but was in a...

As long as I can remember I was not strong but was in a state of nervous exhaustion; and as I grew to girlhood I did not seem to improve, for a great sense of dread was always over me. I took many tonics but was no better. One night when I was in the country a fire broke out in the store next to my room and I jumped up in great fear, as the flames seemed close to my window. I received injuries and a severe shock. I tried many remedies after this and my body was supported by a specially made belt, yet I was always in pain; and the only hope held out to me was an operation. I would not have this, and went on for some years trying herbs and massaging without relief; and I used to pray every night to be saved from an operation.

Later I was told of Christian Science by a returned soldier. I accepted it without a doubt and went to a practitioner. I was uplifted, and after eighteen months of study I thought I should like to take the belt off, although I had believed that I could not walk without it. I decided to trust God; and went out without the material support. I was a long way from my home when the fear that I could not go another step took hold of me. Then the thought came, "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." I walked on, and I have never needed the belt again.

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