I had been reared in an atmosphere of sickness and...

I had been reared in an atmosphere of sickness and taught the doctrines of fire and brimstone, and words cannot express my gratitude for the faintest glimpse of Christian Science.

When I was a very young child, two of my playmates passed on, and from that time questions of life and death seemed uppermost in my thought. My father was such a good man that the thought of a heavenly Father, a perfect Father, sending sickness, suffering, and misery never did seem consistent. When I was of high-school age we moved to a small town where I entered the Sunday school of another orthodox church, but none of my questions were answered satisfactorily. During the years that I was at college, I wandered from one church to another investigating what they might have to offer by way of a solution to my problems. Upon graduation I had definitely arrived at the conclusion that if God were the sort of God I had heard about, the less I knew of Him henceforth, the better it would please me.

May 23, 1936

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