When Christian Science was first...

When Christian Science was first recommended to me, I was rapidly becoming exhausted with worry and anxiety. A goodly proportion of my meager income was spent on medical fees, and I was fighting a losing battle trying to maintain my family. I had been brought up in an orthodox religion, but I failed to understand how a loving and just God could inflict such undeserved hardship upon me and mine. I prayed earnestly to know that if there was really a God, He would save me from the despair that was overwhelming me.

Then a friend told me of Christian Science and suggested that I attend a service at a Christian Science church. I eagerly drank in this friend's explanation of our loving Father-Mother God, of man made in His image and likeness, and of the spiritual universe created by God. Attending a Sunday service I was impressed by the obvious happiness and well-being of the members, but I felt resentful because nobody seemed to understand me with my troubles. I pondered the text on the wall of the church, "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need," which is a quotation from page 494 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. This text relieved my anxiety and was like a cup of cold water to a thirsty wanderer.

Later I attended a Wednesday evening testimony meeting and was greatly impressed by the sincerity of the testimonies. I felt that those who delivered the testimonies were quite reasonable, rational people. I then began reading the textbooks, the Bible and Science and Health, and studying the weekly Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly. My outlook on life became brighter, and in a few weeks I had sufficient courage to throw out all the medicines in the house, and we have not used any since.

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Testimony of Healing
The first healing in our family...
September 30, 1950

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