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In the year 1919 a doctor, whom my wife had called in...
In the year 1919 a doctor, whom my wife had called in to examine me on account of a long-continued cold, said that I had to go to a sanatorium, as I had developed tuberculosis. The specialist under whose care I was placed there, told me that the X-ray plates showed that the disease was in a "moderately advanced condition with a tendency to chronicity." For five years I took the cure, alternately hoping and fearing, with occasional spells when I was confined to bed for weeks at a time. At last, after a three months' attack, during which I could not leave the house, I was reduced to such a state of hopelessness I was convinced that cure for me was impossible, and that soon death would end the struggle.
It was while I was in this mental condition that a copy of Science and Health came into my hands. A young man brought it to the sanatorium where I was, and I overheard the patients discussing it. I knew nothing of Christian Science at this time, but asked if I might read the book, and it was kindly lent to me. I shall never forget my feelings when I read the first chapter, on Prayer. I saw there, with a conviction which nothing has since shaken, words which confirmed in my thought the vague gropings for the truth I had experienced during my sickness. I had been dissatisfied with the teachings of the orthodox churches, and attended services out of courtesy to the Anglican clergyman who was in the village. Now I read truths which satisfied my thought and showed me that God is ever consistent, and is Life, Truth, and Love. I read the book through in a few days, reread it, and read it again. Within a week I was out walking; in three months I was working, and for the past seven years have not missed a day from business.
Christian Science has brought many blessings to me and mine, and although problems still remain to be solved, I know that a fuller understanding of God will work them all out. I am deeply grateful for membership in a branch church, to the practitioners and friends who helped me, and especially for the literature which was sent to me by the distribution committee.
The Goodness of God
PETER B. BIGGINS
Our Attitude before Services
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JAMES MONTEITH ERSKINE
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