My interest in Christian Science was not aroused...

My interest in Christian Science was not aroused through any instance of physical healing, as I was in good health; but from childhood my questionings in regard to God and the universe were so insistent that I sat up many nights arguing with imaginary opponents about God and all that I saw around me. With my first contact with Christian Science, I was convinced that I had found the answer to my silent mental searchings; but I did not understand the healing about which I heard so much, and I longed for some outstanding example in my own experience.

In the course of time this came to me in an unexpected manner. I became ill with measles, but as I had had measles before I was not greatly disturbed. I asked for absent treatment from a practitioner in the city, as I was in a small town where I had understood that there was none. The measles disappeared quickly, but I seemed strangely unable to leaven my bed. A day or so passed. Then painful sensations began to be manifest and the course of a swift case of pneumonia seemed to hold sway. Discomfort was dulled through a kind of semiconsciousness, until at a midnight hour I awoke to clear thinking. So desperate was my need that a strong suggestion came to me to turn to medical aid for help. Both lungs seemed almost useless and my breath came faintly. But I am happy to say that I did not listen long to the suggestions. Word came over the wires that there was a practitioner in the town and perhaps I had better have present treatment. This practitioner soon came, and to my untutored thought it seemed that not much was being done as she sat quietly by my bedside. On the contrary, it was being proved on my behalf that God's presence was where I was, for in twenty minutes I fell into a deep, dreamless sleep, to awaken in the morning with all discomfort gone and well on the way to recovery. The convalescence was not long and was entirely without pain. Thus was it proved to me that the power of God could operate in my own experience, no matter how hopeless the condition might seem humanly. I am deeply grateful for this glimpse of the fact that God's law is vital and instant in enforcing its own righteous activity.

(Miss) Gladys Brown, Portland, Oregon.

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April 13, 1935

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