Many years ago, while I was out walking with my wife,...

Many years ago, while I was out walking with my wife, we passed a Christian Science church. The organ, which was being played therin, attracted our attention, and we entered the building to enjoy the music, and stayed to the service. The silent prayer brought me nearer to God than anything ever had done before. I did not go to church again for a long time, yet I often spoke of the effect that silent prayer had had on me. In the course of time I began attending the services of a Christian Science church near my home. I secured a copy of the Manual of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, written by our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, and found the following statement in Article VIII, Section 5: "The prayers in Christian Science churches shall be offered for the congregations collectively and exclusively." Immediately I said: "No wonder the silent prayer of those hundreds of people affected me as it did, for though I did not know it, I was included in that prayer. We should look further into a church which has such a rule."

About two years later I applied for and was taken into membership. I had been a very heavy smoker all my life; in fact, I would rather have missed a meal than abstain from a smoke. Two weeks prior to my being admitted to membership, all desire for smoking left me; this occurred over twenty years ago. In addition I wish to testify that in these twenty years I have never missed one day from business on account of sickness. One of the great blessings has been the losing of all sense of fear for the future. I have learned to know the meaning of these words: "[Divine Love] is my shepherd; I shall not want" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mrs. Eddy, p. 578), and (ibid., p. 347), "Nothing really has Life but God, who is infinite Life; hence all is Life, and death has no dominion." These statements and similar ones bring peace and comfort.

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