I was brought up in the Jewish...

I was brought up in the Jewish faith. When I first started to read the textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, I loved what I read, but whenever the word "Christ" appeared, I would feel as though a sharp instrument had pierced my heart. This condition gave me no peace. One day I actually cried aloud and asked God to show me what He wanted me to do. I knew that He alone could help me. I continued to read, and the pangs lessened in intensity and frequency.

I had been taught to believe in one God. Now that I was learning that He is infinite, All, I clung closer to Him than ever before. One day, while I was studying the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson, I came to this passage (Science and Health, pp. 40, 41): "The nature of Christianity is peaceful and blessed, but in order to enter into the kingdom, the anchor of hope must be cast beyond the veil of matter into the Shekinah into which Jesus has passed before us."

I stopped and pondered the passage, and then it came to me clearly that my mother had used that word "Shekinah" many times. I remembered that whenever she saw a pious man, she would say, "The Shekinah is clearly seen in this one." From that I understood she saw the reflection of holiness in that individual. In a dictionary I found this meaning of "Shekinah": "The Divine Manifestation, through which God's presence is felt by man." I was exalted when I read this definition; I saw clearly that that was what I needed to satisfy me, and I received my complete healing.

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Testimony of Healing
Christian Science has always...
February 6, 1965

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