When I first read Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, more...

When I first read Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, more than twenty years ago, I was superintendent of the municipal nurses in St. Louis, Missouri. While reading this book I was very much inspired — so much so that I read it a second time, then a third: After that, I was thoroughly convinced that this beautiful religion is the truth. Consequently, I started to read some of Mrs. Eddy's other writings.

Just as I was becoming very much interested and sincerely eager to learn more about Christian Science, the World War broke out. Immediately I volunteered for foreign service and was accepted. I enlisted with the American Nursing Expeditionary Force. Shortly after that I sailed for France. Our tent hospital was located on the race track in Rouen. Here I worked for approximately two years, with the exception of the time in which I was transferred to the advanced areas about four kilometers behind the firing line.

With the smattering of understanding I had obtained in Christian Science, I receive much comfort and protection during the many air raids, which occurred while I served in the advanced areas and stayed in the trenches. For this protection I am exceedingly grateful. Many times I voiced the truth to my boys when I was dressing their wounds. I said to them, "God is on the field; He is ever present, ever active, the only power, the only Physician; therefore, you will get well." Also I voiced the truth for myself when I was about my work. I exclaimed silently, "God is my Life, God is my strength, and God is ever present; therefore, I cannot fail to perform my duties faithfully and cheerfully."

January 20, 1940

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