Many years of my life were...

Many years of my life were spent hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and I can truly say that through the teachings of Christian Science I am being satisfied with a growing sense of the presence and power of God here and now.

Just before I heard of Christian Science I became acutely aware of two great needs in my life. One need was for a home where love and harmony would prevail, and the other for a church where I could worship the true and living God and find a satisfactory solution to the perplexing problem of life. Things were difficult at that time and I decided to take a step which promised deliverance and freedom to me but disregarded the welfare and happiness of others. My early training in a Christian home had given me a deep religious sense and I instinctively knew that this plan which I was so determined to follow, being selfish, could not be God's way out of the difficulty. A mental conflict ensued and I was very much distressed.

Two or three of my friends were Christian Scientists, and seeing my great need, they very gently and wisely tried to help me meet it. Two things became clear to me: first, that I must do right, no matter what sacrifice it seemed to entail, and secondly, that I must try to see my neighbor as the child of God, loving, helpful, and kind, no matter how deeply it might seem that he had wronged me. This I found hard to do, but the teaching involved was in accordance with a high concept of Christianity, and I tried. Mighty wrestlings followed, and ultimately with a great sense of self-pity I surrendered human will and decided to leave the future in God's hands. I went out one morning feeling utterly dejected, trying to resign myself to what I expected to be an experience of complete emptiness until death should bring release from the bondage and frustration of material life and perhaps reveal something better in the life to come. Within a few days a sacred and lovely experience took place. My consciousness was washed clean of all thoughts of heaviness, resentment, and frustration. I felt joyously free, unburdened, and radiantly happy. I had been healed in Christian Science.

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