Christian Science was first...

Christian Science was first brought to my attention in 1917 by a man whom my husband and I met in a large midwestern city, where we were filling a vaudeville engagement. This man was a Christian Scientist, and we were impressed by his unusual viewpoint on religion, I was suffering from a severe cold, and although I listened with interest to what he said. I did not entirely understand how I could be healed in Christian Science.

By the time we arrived at our next destination, several days later, I was in great pain. As I sat rather sorrowfully backstage, waiting for my husband to attend to necessary business, a woman came out of her dressing room. She stopped and asked me if she could be of assistance. I thanked her and said that I did not think so. I told her that I had not slept for several nights and that I was not able to lie down. She lovingly assured me that Christian Science would help me and at my request treated me metaphysically. I was healed in that one treatment.

It was not until some time later that I really began to study this Science. I found much comfort in reading the literature and tried to apply in my daily work what little I did understand of its truths. I was awakened one night with a chill, and later a high fever developed. At the time I was to leave my room for the theater I could hardly stand up, so I was carried to a taxi and, on arriving at the theater, into my dressing room. A Christian Science practitioner was called. Friends helped me into my costume, and the practitioner arrived a few minutes before I was to go on the stage. I played my part as usual, and the other members of our act never knew of my illness. I shall never forget or cease to be grateful for the instantaneous healing which took place that afternoon.

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Signs of the Times
April 19, 1952

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