My coming to Christian Science was the result of a longing...

My coming to Christian Science was the result of a longing for an understanding of God that would be usable. I had been brought up in an orthodox church by parents who had been real pioneers in church work. I wanted to be faithful to their teachings, but the sufferings I witnessed on every hand, as well as my own, including the loss of these dear parents when I most needed them, led me to believe that there was a weakness in their teachings, for I was quite sure that God was not responsible for all the suffering I saw around me; and while the teachings of the Bible, as I was given them, afforded moral protection, they did not feed the hunger for spirituality I so keenly felt, nor heal the ills from which I suffered.

I was introduced to Christian Science through office associates. I decided this must be a good religion because of the uniformly good characters it seemed to produce. Copies of The Christian Science Journal and Sentinel were at hand in the office, and I began to read them. Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy was so often mentioned that I purchased a copy from a Reading Room. I had unconsciously been reaching out for this light for years, for when I read the chapter on Prayer it was illumined to me. I read the book every waking moment. Then I realized that asthma, bronchitis, dyspepsia, and sleeplessness, from which I had suffered for years, had disappeared. They have never returned. All material remedies were promptly destroyed and Christian Science has since met every need, healing the effects of accidents, a felon on my finger, and other ills; but the greatest joy it has brought is the understanding of a God who is Love.

During the World War, when so many men entered military service, I was placed in charge of work that only men had handled before, and this without preparation or experience on my part. It meant long hours, often until after midnight, the meeting in sales conferences with distraught men, and when they were called away the handling of their business affairs with their families. Sometimes when burdens seemed too heavy to bear, a loving Christian Science practitioner living some distance away helped me, and I was able to carry on the work satisfactorily until after the war. Once, during this time, when on a journey by train I was stricken with influenza, at a time when fear was prevalent. I prayed earnestly to know that God is my Life, and was able to dress and get off the train at my destination without assistance. But on reaching my friend's home I became unconscious and was so for two days. Those in the home not interested in Christian Science despaired of my recovering, but the faithful work of a practitioner and the care of this friend as a nurse resulted in a quick healing. The next week I rode over the city atop a sightseeing bus, although it was February.

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Testimony of Healing
Our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in establishing...
June 15, 1935

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