It has been my great privilege to...

It has been my great privilege to have been brought up in Christian Science since I was two years of age. At that time my mother lived in a city where there were only two or three people who knew anything about Christian Science, so each step of the way had to be taken fearlessly and with absolute trust in God. Being reared in this pioneer spirit has proved to be a bulwark to me, and I am very grateful to my mother for her loving guidance and help in difficult times and to the teachers in the Sunday School for the many helpful lessons given.

When our son was two and a half years of age, he suddenly developed serious intestinal trouble, and my husband, who was not interested in Christian Science, expressed great fear and desired that a doctor be called; and as this was his wish, I felt obliged to comply with it. An operation ensued, and although the remarks passed were not encouraging, I felt that my son was being protected from harm. Through certain circumstances I was allowed to have him at home. About a fortnight later he appeared to have a relapse and went lifeless and blue in my arms. It seemed as if I had descended into the blackness of fear when the words simply shone out to me, "Does God send sickness, giving the mother her child for the brief space of a few years and then taking it away by death?" (Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 206.) I remember saying most definitely "No," and I started to sing the hymn (Christian Science Hymnal,No. 148),

Testimony of Healing
Christian Science has been such...
February 24, 1951

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