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.

July 20, 1940

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