The debt of gratitude I owe to Christian Science for the...

The debt of gratitude I owe to Christian Science for the manifold blessings that have come to me through its study, bringing the right understanding of God and His perfection, and of man as His idea, can never be expressed in words, but must be lived.

I have known of Christian Science practically all my life. I knew of the joy and healing it had brought into other lives; yet I paid no attention to it. I was asked, after coming from the East to the West, if I knew anything about Christian Science. My reply was, "Nothing, except that it heals." I was stating a fact, not knowing why; but Truth, the divine Principle of all, guides us and even directs our speech.

There came a day, however, when I had to know something of Christian Science if I wished to stay here. I had been told after I first came West that I must have an operation on my throat and nose or I should not live long and should soon cease to hear. I would not consent to this, and stopped medical treatment. I came farther West and was again told that I must be operated on at once for an abscessed liver. I again refused to be operated on. I went from one stage of unhappiness and suffering to another; and then one day, when things seemed very dark, a copy of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, was placed in my hands and I was told to read it. I was living on the Nevada desert at that time, but Love always finds a way to reach us in our greatest need. Just at the time I was given the book something went wrong with my feet, and for two years walking caused me constant pain. I was told I had fallen arches. I kept on reading Science and Health, not knowing what it would do to lift me out of my unhappiness.

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January 15, 1938

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