The first day of August, 1936, will always remain vividly...

The first day of August, 1936, will always remain vividly in my memory. I had arranged to start on a twelve-day sea trip on that day, but for some weeks previous I had been troubled with a condition which I had endured at intervals for over forty years, and which at this time had so prostrated me that I began to despair of the possibility of taking the proposed journey. In fact, as the date drew near, considerable questioning arose in my mind as to how I should be able to stand the fourteen-mile journey to the London railway terminus to catch the boat train, and some speculation as to where I might be able to lie down while waiting for the train and en route for the ship.

When the morning of departure arrived, the practitioner who was helping me rang up and asked me to give ten minutes of quiet thought to page 397 of our textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, while she helped me. This I did, and the lesson which then impressed itself upon me was that of "disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics."

December 4, 1937
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