Having reached a place in my life where it seemed there...

Having reached a place in my life where it seemed there was no way to turn—even prayers learned in an orthodox church failed to help me—in my anguish I cried unto God to lead me out of the wilderness. Scriptural selections such as the one from Psalms, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" helped me to gain some hope.

Then God most lovingly led me to Christian Science. To mortal sense I had lost my home, business, and friends, and was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. With a family of five to support, no income, and in a very distressed state of mind, I was marvelously led into conversation with a new acquaintance. We discussed matters of creation, time, space, and many things that had always been a mystery to me. The statements made by my new friend were to me very wonderful and uplifting. I asked him where he found those beautiful thoughts, and told him that they were just what I had been seeking for years. He replied, Christian Science. I had considered Christian Science to be just another one of the isms, but decided to investigate it for myself, without prejudice. I borrowed a copy of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy from a Reading Room, and before I had finished the first chapter, on prayer, I knew I had found the truth. I went to a Christian Science practitioner with my financial problem. She told me that what I needed was more gratitude. I frankly told her that I did not seem to have anything for which to be grateful. She replied that if I could not think of anything else to be grateful for, I should be grateful for the sidewalks. I began there. Then I decided to find something to be grateful for about everything that came to my thought. I was grateful for others who had positions and incomes, for their opportunities to be active and helpful. Needless to say, in a short time I received a very satisfactory position with sufficient income to meet the needs of my family and with some left over to pay on debts.

During the working out of this financial problem I was healed of the need of glasses which I had worn for over fifteen years, of chronic sick headaches, colds, a long-standing habit of chewing my tongue, bad temper, rectal trouble, a muscle-bound arm, tonsillitis, the need of arch supports, and other ailments. I have gained peace, happiness, contentment, and a sincere desire for the welfare of others.

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The Comforter
August 29, 1936

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