At the outbreak of the war, in 1914, I was living in a...

At the outbreak of the war, in 1914, I was living in a Canadian city. Relatives and friends marched away, and at the same time a dear friend passed on suddenly. My reaction to all this was what doctors call a nervous breakdown. Weeping days and sleepless nights made life seem not worth living. A kind doctor prescribed tonics and six weeks' rest in a different environment. I followed his advice, but when I came home all the trouble returned.

However, while away from home I had taken time to think more of spiritual things than I had for some time. While dwelling on what I could remember of the religious training I had received as a child, I seemed often to think of one sister who was a Christian Scientist. Up to that time my attitude toward Science was one of amused tolerance. However, in my extremity, thoughts of that sister's calm solving of problems kept recurring, and I resolved to look into Christian Science. Soon after my return home, when I seemed no better, I went to my sister and humbly asked her to help me. Her reply was, "If you have faith enough to ask for help, you have faith enough to receive help." That night I slept like a child, awakening in the morning with a sense of buoyancy and confidence in God's power which has never left me. From that day I have been a student of Christian Science. It is indeed the "pearl of great price." It has been a joy to have a practical, demonstrable religion to teach my five children and to see how they prove its availability in their daily lives.

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