A little girl was invited by a neighbor to visit a Christian Science Sunday School one summer while the one she had been attending was closed. Very soon she owned a copy of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. Through this book and a copy of the Bible, together with the loving guidance of the Sunday School teacher, she began to learn something about herself that she had never known before. She learned that in reality she was God's perfect child, made in His image and likeness, as the first chapter of Genesis states. Moreover, she was taught that this image and likeness is not material but spiritual, for the definition of God in the textbook is as follows (p. 465): "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." Since God is all good and perfect, His reflection, or child, must be good and perfect. This impressed the child so vividly that she was often heard declaring aloud at home, "I am God's perfect child."

An uncle who knew nothing about Christian Science thought this statement of his niece's very amusing. Whenever they met he would ask, "How is God's child today?" Very soon, however, the family noticed that a condition of deafness which the little girl had manifested had disappeared. The doctors had pronounced this condition incurable, even recommending that she be sent to a school to learn lip reading. But she was healed permanently.

A few years later the uncle was also healed instantaneously by reading the Christian Science textbook, which his wife had brought home from the library. While she was preparing his dinner, which was limited to the strictest kind of diet, he picked up Science and Health and began reading. In a little while he called to his wife and told her that he was going to eat whatever she did. "According to this book," he said, "I can eat anything and it won't harm me." He never again suffered from stomach trouble and became an active student of Christian Science. It seemed to change his whole nature, one very noticeable change being his healing of profanity.

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May 31, 1952

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