"The Lord preserveth the simple:...

"The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me" (Ps. 116:6). As a young woman away from home for the first time, in extreme financial difficulties and without proper companionship or loving human guidance, I found comfort and promise in the Bible and began a study of its truths, which opened the way toward the unfoldment of Christian Science as a way of life. As my circumstances improved and I found the logical common sense of the Bible actually working in human existence, I found that my constant desire was to "walk before the Lord in the land of the living" (Ps. 116:9). I knew very little about Christian Science at that time and did not realize that it is indeed the "land of the living." Very shortly I met someone who had been reared in a Christian Science home. Through the companionship of this one, who eventually became my husband, as well as through the examples of splendid character and joyous living found in his family, my spiritual growth became rapid and steady, and much good has been manifested as a result.

The healing of the smoking habit was an outstanding one. For a long while I had worked humanly to find freedom from this habit, without success. One evening while earnestly studying our textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, I read the following statement (p. 19): "Those who cannot demonstrate, at least in part, the divine Principle of the teachings and practice of our Master have no part in God."

Mortal mind reacted to this clear statement of truth with angry tears. Why, it seemed to say, all my life I have loved God, and I have studied many religions! How could it be that I have no part in God? Then to my amazement I saw that it was error that was angry because it was under attack; that I myself as God's child had never been touched by worldly habits of any kind. At the same time I saw that any worldly knowledge of theology I had gained was entirely useless and unnecessary to the understanding of Truth. I found myself completely free and never again desired to smoke. Indeed, I no longer had a conscious remembrance of any pleasure derived from that false activity. I was deeply grateful for this healing because the way to church membership immediately opened up.

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Testimony of Healing
I wish to express my deep gratitude...
October 25, 1952

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