When I remember all the blessings that have come to me...

When I remember all the blessings that have come to me through the study of Christian Science, I feel deeply grateful for even a slight understanding of this beautiful truth. It came into my life at a time when I was greatly in need of healing. My health had not been good for several years, and materia medica, in which I had been brought up, had failed to help me. It was a stubborn inflammatory condition of the eyes which was the immediate cause of my coming into Science. This ailment had persisted for several months, despite continuous treatment from an oculist. Through a member of my family who was interested in Science, I consulted a practitioner. I had but one treatment, and because my thought was not ready for the truth, I was not helped. Soon after this my husband and I went to stay in one of the primitive oil towns of Texas, where there was a small Christian Science Society, but no practitioner. It was there that I finally turned with sincerity to Science and began reading Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. At first I seemed unable to understand much of what I read. But I realize now that my thought was unconsciously being prepared for the seed, for when a short time later I was able to consult a practitioner, I received an instantaneous healing. Not only was the inflammation of the eyes healed, but I was able to lay aside glasses which had been worn eighteen years for astigmatism. I was humbly grateful for this healing, which seemed nothing short of miraculous to me.

Meanwhile we had moved to a larger town where both a church and practitioners were available. For a month I paid daily visits to a practitioner, who explained to me the fundamentals of Christian Science. This period was productive of great good to me. I had much time to myself, which was given over to study. I was learning about God, and my body was responding to this growing understanding. I read Science and Health through many times, gaining a familiarity with our textbook which has been of inestimable value to me during later years of study. I was like a child going to school, eager to learn more of the divine power that had healed me.

As a result, old beliefs which for years had held me in bondage gradually fell away from me. I was healed of an incisional hernia, caused by the breaking down of an old wound. I had worn a support for this condition for about six years. But the healing that meant most to me was the overcoming of a so-called incurable intestinal trouble from which I had suffered greatly. The best specialists in New York I had been consulted for this trouble, and X-ray pictures had revealed a strange mechanical defect. According to the doctors, this could be corrected only by a surgical operation too dangerous to perform. So I was advised to try to avoid the severe attacks to which I had been subject, by a strict regime of care and treatment. I had for some time before coming into Science managed to keep myself in a state of indifferent health by the constant use of material means. However, I lived in continual fear of a recurrence of attacks of toxic poisoning, which always kept me in bed for days.

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"Thy kingdom come"
February 20, 1937

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