When I was about ten years of age a relative visited us,...

When I was about ten years of age a relative visited us, bringing a religious faith new to us all, which included healing. Her offer to heal my mother was rejected, but her ideas of healing made a lasting impression on my young thought. I never met her again, but many years later I learned that she had been taught by Mrs. Eddy in 1884.

As I grew into young womanhood, I passed through a period of intense mental anguish, and was bereft of home, friends, and health. I found myself in a state of general ill-health with various chronic ailments. Operations were resorted to, bringing some physical relief but no peace of mind. Then a fall from a horse resulted in a spinal injury and paralysis of the lower limbs. I was sent east to a hospital, where I remained for five months. Numerous physicians and surgeons passed on the case, and finally I was told that I should never walk again, and had but a few months to live. However, I refused to be totally disheartened, and determined to repeat the Lord's Prayer at least once a day, and to think only good thoughts.

It was decided to send me to my parents' home in Oregon. While I was en route a lady on the train, beholding my pathetic condition, was very kind to me, and went to great inconvenience to place a copy of the Christian Science Sentinel in my hands, saying as she left me: "If you are honest you will get your healing. And I know that you are honest." Through her impressive kindness the seeds of Truth that had been planted early in my experience were coaxed into growth, for, although the reading of the Sentinel failed to awaken me, I resolved to be as honest as she seemed to think me.

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Close to Thee
October 30, 1937

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