Because Christian Science has given me "the oil of joy for...

Because Christian Science has given me "the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness," spoken of by Isaiah, I desire to share this joy and praise by testifying to the many blessings which this Science has brought into my experience.

When I was twelve years of age a dear friend asked me to promise that I would love God and follow Christ Jesus; I gave this promise only to be confronted immediately with the questions, Where and what is God? How can I love God when I do not know Him? From that moment I began consciously to seek for knowledge of God and for some understanding of the mission of Christ Jesus. For some years the search went on, often with much inward sorrow and self-condemnation, so that I echoed Job's words, "Oh that I knew where I might find him!"

Having lost my mother when I was a very small child, I grew up acutely missing a mother's care; and this sense of deprivation, together with other unhappy circumstances in my home and much inharmony, resulted in my drifting into a state of loneliness, fear, and a physical disorder which two doctors pronounced Graves' disease. I spent some years in fear, unrest, and hopeless longing; and then Christian Science was presented to me by a loving student, who asked if I would be willing to read the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. I took the book and began to read it eagerly, immediately gaining a glimpse of God as Love; and with that glimpse all the weary questionings about God were ended. I also saw that this infinite divine Love was my Mother, the only Mother I had ever had, and that therefore I had never lost my Mother, or for a moment been deprived of that Mother's care. Like a little child, satisfied and comforted, I was conscious only of the rest and refuge in the arms of Love. In the sunshine of this Love the dark shadows of fear and disorder simply and naturally melted away. Health and strength began to replace disease and weakness; and, losing my unhappy beliefs of a lonely selfhood, I began to accept and to rejoice in my happy heritage as a child of God. Four weeks later, meeting the medical man under whose care I had been, I received his confirmation of my healing.

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Testimony of Healing
During my early childhood my mother became interested...
February 25, 1933

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