My earliest recollections as a child at home are of a...

My earliest recollections as a child at home are of a father and a mother who yearned to be followers of the Bible, and it naturally was a good influence in my formative years. I grew to young womanhood loving to read and think about the characters of the Bible and their problems, and the fact that always the way opened for them through faith to prove they understood God to a large degree. I wondered just why they were so favored. It seemed so easy for them, but appeared more difficult to me as time went on. After a short while I found myself without father or mother, and my heartaches began. I never lost my faith in God, and my desire to get wisdom and understanding grew into an almost unceasing prayer.

When things looked very dark indeed to me, I found that God had been guiding and protecting me all the way. At that time I made my home with my sister, and she and I began our study of Christian Science together. A little church on a corner near our home seemed so inviting and the hymns were sung with such earnestness that we decided to attend one Sunday. From the first I felt the peace and love for which I had long hoped. I knew this must be the answer to my earnest prayers for more understanding and the key for the solution of my problems. I determined to test this new religion. The healing part did not seem to matter at all. I entered the Sunday school, and then it was I began to understand why the Bible characters could stand courageously and win their way with God. Christian Science has been from then on a great blessing and protection to me.

It was during my early married life that I found what Christian Science could do in healing. In February, 1919, I became violently ill with influenza and mastoiditis. My husband and I were on our way to Richmond to make our home there. We stopped over in Washington at his mother's home, and almost as soon as we arrived I had to retire. The next morning I got up, but in a very short while became very ill. I was taken to a hospital, because no one was able to care for me, and became almost unconscious with suffering. I asked my husband to have Christian Science treatment for me, which he did, but he became so alarmed he called a doctor and an ear specialist. A telegram was sent to the practitioner, who lived in Cleveland. She had been out for a day and night, but as soon as she returned she sent word she would be glad to give Christian Science treatment. There was nothing done for me materially, because the doctors, nurses, and relatives thought the case was hopeless.

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Testimony of Healing
I cannot express in words what Christian Science has...
March 18, 1933

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