For many years I have felt that I should attempt an...

For many years I have felt that I should attempt an expression of the gratitude I owe to Christian Science. When I was a very small child, my mother was healed of a tumor after doctors had discouragingly declared that only an operation could help her. The healing came as the result of her reading Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. She had never talked with anyone who understood this religion. A sister had been healed of rheumatism in one treatment, and it was she who first placed the textbook in my mother's hands. For over thirty years it was her daily companion—an inexhaustible "fountain of life," and a "very present help in trouble." Later my father was freed from bondage to false appetites, and often expressed his deep appreciation for this healing. Although he did not become an active student of this Science, he always felt a great respect for and loyalty to Mrs. Eddy and the Cause of Christian Science.

I think no greater blessing could come to anyone than the opportunity to attend a Christian Science Sunday School. This has been my privilege. From the day I entered the beginners' class, I have loved it. Seeds of Truth were sowed in my awakening thought; and these, developing day by day, are now my most prized possessions.

I had just finished my last year in Sunday school when we were confronted in our home with the claim of death and its attendant beliefs of grief, self-pity, and separation. A sister passed on suddenly, and the shock seemed most severe to the entire family. By some strange anomaly, it was while standing for the first time in my experience in the presence of what mortal mind called death that I caught my first convincing glimpse of eternal Life. The nothingness of matter, with its idolatrous human relationships and its selfish possessiveness, was revealed to me as I beheld what true selfhood really is. Man's incorporeal identity was no longer a theory, it was a fact. I had often repeated the statement from Science and Health (p. 468), "All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation," but now I knew it was the truth.

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December 11, 1937

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