Some years ago, all I had of this world's goods slipped...

Some years ago, all I had of this world's goods slipped away in what was known as a business failure, and it became necessary to seek employment. Feeling that the world had used me badly, I was filled with bitterness, envy, criticism, and discouragement.

I obtained a position which I held for a year, and then, because I had given the best I had in the way of service to my employer, I was finally led to another position, this time with a woman who was a student of Christian Science. As I was very desirous of obtaining this position, I had given her the impression that I was interested in Christian Science, when in fact I was not, for I thought it was some sort of fake. After an interview the first morning, she laid a copy of The Christian Science Monitor on my desk with the remark, "This article on the Home Forum page is wonderful." When she went out I tore the paper up and consigned it to the wastebasket. On each of the four succeeding mornings the same thing occurred, with no question on her part as to what I thought. Finally, on Saturday, my curiosity was aroused, and I decided to see what it was that she thought so wonderful. When I read the religious article on the Home Forum page I became much interested, and within a very short time I began the study of Christian Science.

For nearly a year I seemed unable to correlate the Bible and Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, or get anything from them, but it never occurred to me to give up. Then, gradually, the truth began to unfold. At this time I suffered from gallstones, growing frantic as each spell of pain seemed more severe. One night, during a very severe attack, I became so exhausted that I insisted upon a physician being called to give me a hypodermic. When he came, he looked at me for a moment, and I heard him say that if I was removed to a hospital and operated upon within an hour, my life might be saved, though he doubted it. As I listened to him, something seemed to tell me that neither he nor an operation could do anything for me, but that God could; suddenly the great inward pressure ceased, and I was healed. The hypodermic was not administered. I slept soundly all night and the next morning reported for work, a very grateful woman.

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July 20, 1940

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