I wish to bear testimony to the healing power of God,...

I wish to bear testimony to the healing power of God, as revealed in Christian Science. I was reared in a minister's home. At quite an early age I wondered about the teachings regarding God, devil, heaven, and hell, and I tried to believe and to be satisfied with what I was taught. However, these teachings of a personal God and devil, and heaven and hell as places, no longer satisfied me. I desired to be and to do good above all else, but it seemed as though the harder I tried the more some unseen force seemed to keep me from my purpose. This brought on great discouragement.

The question, "Why cannot we be healed as the sick were in the time of Jesus?" stood uppermost in my thought. Why our prayers were not answered, was another very searching question with me. I longed to understand these vital points, but was met with a cold rebuff from whomsoever I asked for an answer.

In spite of the yearning to be good, I suffered most of the time from some ailment or other. I reasoned within myself, Why should I pray, if my prayers are not answered? and, If I cannot understand what I read in the Bible, why read it? I could find no answer, so I stopped doing both. I also stopped attending the church of which I had been a member for over twenty-five years. Faith in material medicine was also destroyed.

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January 20, 1940

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