My first healing occurred many years ago, at which time...

My first healing occurred many years ago, at which time Christian Science was little heard of in my home town, and previous to this time I had only heard it ridiculed. When it was first presented to me I hesitated to ask for help, but after two more weeks of suffering I was willing to give Christian Science a fair trial. I reasoned that if it was true, as my friend had said that it was taken from the Bible, at least it could not hurt me. I am indeed grateful for all the healings I have had, the many fears overcome, and for the protection experienced these many years. For my first healing I shall always be most grateful, because with this healing the light of Truth first dawned on my consciousness, and this marked the beginning of my experience in the new birth. I shall always remember how happy I was to realize that the truth I was learning in Christian Science was the same truth that Jesus taught and demonstrated.

I am especially grateful for the quietness and assurance that were mine during the earthquake in southern California. I can truthfully say that I did not become excited, but felt much confidence and assurance, which I attributed to the study of the Lesson-Sermon for that week. The subject was "Substance," and being a teacher in the Sunday school, I had spent some extra time that afternoon on the Lesson, in which many helpful statements were found, which I am sure met my need. A group of Christian Science students, some of whom were ordered from their apartments, gathered at a neighbor's home and spent the night in prayer and watching, singing hymns, and reading from the Bible and from Science and Health, and some of the other writings of our Leader. I am glad to say that before midnight those who had been manitesting fear and had started for the door every time a temblor was felt—about every half hour—had regained confidence and were able to trust in God.

September 29, 1934

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