I am indeed grateful for a remark I heard while serving...

I am indeed grateful for a remark I heard while serving in the capacity of usher in a large tabernacle of popular evangelist. An usher stated that he would bring one of the listeners a book entitled "How to Combat Christian Science." To me this was a blow. Although I knew nothing of Christian Science, I somehow decided it must be all right, or it would not have the word "Christian" attached to it. In due time I found one who was able to give me an explanation of Christian Science. I did not need physical healing at the time, but was seeking a religion which I could not only believe but prove. I followed this Science for some years, then fell away from it, not realizing at the time that our knowledge increases with use, and if not used is liable to decay.

I suddenly found myself at the crossroads. I made my decision, and asked for a Christian Science treatment from a practitioner, the first I had ever had. I was lifted out of the wilderness. I then felt grateful for the truth that makes men free, and desired to become a worker in this great movement by uniting with a Christian Science church. The argument of mortal mind had always seemed to overcome this desire by informing me that I was not good enough to be a member of a Christian Science church. This was overcome by looking to the Master, for he says, "They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." As this became clear, I knew my place was in the church organization.

There was yet work to be done before I could apply for membership in this church, as I had been a slave to the cigarette habit for forty years. Those who have been in bondage to this habit and have tried to release themselves by human will, know how difficult the process is. With the help of a few dear friends and the faithful Christian Science practitioner this habit was overcome. When my desire to become a member of the branch church became stronger than my desire for smoking and social drinking, I suddenly found myself free. That occurred over five years ago, and the odor of tobacco and alcoholic drinks of all kinds is still as distasteful to me as it was five years ago. Each day I feel more grateful for this great truth that has been so lovingly restored to the world by our dear Leader, Mary Baker Eddy.

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Testimony of Healing
Mere words cannot express the joy and blessings the...
August 29, 1936

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