I have known and loved Christian Science since...

I have known and loved Christian Science since I was very young. Because I was an only child, the passing of both my parents when I was nineteen left me homeless, but a loving aunt in a distant city opened her home and her heart to me. My aunt was not a Christian Scientist, but encouraged me in my study. I soon transferred my membership to a local branch church and started teaching in the Sunday School, though just out of Sunday School myself. I also got to know a group of young Christian Scientists socially and met the young man who was to be my husband. It has been a joyous privilege to rear our two children in Science and to see them put it to use and serve as active church members themselves.

The need of Christian Scientists to serve as soloists and my desire to serve our beloved Cause led me to take voice lessons when I was in my middle thirties. Within two months I was serving as substitute soloist in four churches in our city and shortly afterward was appointed as regular soloist by a group of Scientists organizing the branch church of which I was a charter member. I had the joy of serving in this capacity for eight years.

During this period I experienced two healings, one of a nervous condition. Though the healing was not complete for several weeks and I was quite depressed at being in a room with more than one member of my family at a time, I missed singing at only two church services. The next week I sang, and with the help of a practitioner I was able to lift my thought above personal sense and to become conscious of the fact that it was God who was doing the work and that I was merely the expression of good. I later heard of several healings that had taken place during the singing of the solo. These words of a beloved hymn were most helpful to me (No. 354, Christian Science Hymnal):

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January 21, 1967

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