Knowing Mrs. Eddy

[Written Especially for Children]

SOMETIMES on summer afternoons, when many tasks of the day were done, Elizabeth loved to bring her small basket of sewing where her mother sat under the trees and listen to stories while the family mending was being done. Mother had a way of telling very interesting happenings. Sometimes Elizabeth would quite forget her work as she listened. This often occurred when mother told about her own experiences. There was the time when Christian Science healed her, and the time when she and father started a Christian Science church, and when father testified in court about the healing power of Christian Science.

But there was one story which Elizabeth loved most of all, and which mother never tired of telling. It was the story of her first visit with Mrs. Eddy. This happened not very long after mother's healing. On this particular afternoon the little girl had asked to hear it again. When mother started to tell this precious experience she laid her mending away, and Elizabeth's hands were still, too. She almost knew the story by heart, but she did not want to miss a word. So the story began.

"It was very wonderful to be free after so many years of suffering. But I wanted to know how I had been healed. I had only talked with a Christian Scientist about half an hour and knew nothing more about this religion than she had told me, when the healing came. Of course I knew the Bible and that it said in Psalms that God is the one 'who healeth all thy diseases.' But I did not understand this. Then I found out about 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures' and learned that its author, Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, lived in Boston at that time, which seemed a long way from here. But I wanted to go and see her and tell her about my healing and learn more of this great truth. Father wanted me to go, too. So one day I left home alone for Boston.

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Peace Is Here
December 23, 1939

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