Nineteen years ago, after two...

Nineteen years ago after two physicians had diagnosed my difficulty as "valvular leakage of the heart and weak, infected lungs," and had said, as I learned later that my condition was hopeless, Christian Science came to me with its healing message about man's true relationship to God. I am a living witness to the truth of Mrs. Eddy's statement in Science and Health (p. 425), "Correct material belief by spiritual understanding and Spirit will form you anew."

Up to that time human experience had led me to believe that because tuberculosis had prevailed in our family for at least two generations, I was unwelcome in society. When I was seven years old I was invited to attend a party given by one of my playmates. It was my first party, and it seemed like a dream as we sat in a circle around the room waiting to be greeted by our little hostess's mother. On learning that I was the daughter of the man at the end of the block who was supposed to have consumption, she hastily ordered me from the house.

One Simple Prayer
May 5, 1945

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