Before I studied Christian Science, the contents of the Bible had...

Before I studied Christian Science, the contents of the Bible had only historic interest to me. Having the benefit of studying Mrs. Eddy's writings in conjunction with the Bible, I find its contents now have a practical as well as a spiritual value.

My husband and I were on vacation when I experienced severe hemorrhaging and was confined to a hotel room. This was a recurring difficulty that had not responded to medical treatment before I was interested in Christian Science. After a couple of days we were not sure whether we could continue on our trip or would have to return home. I telephoned long-distance to a practitioner at home and told her of the alarming condition. Her calm and quiet assurance stilled my fears. She recommended, without further comment, that I read Christ Jesus' parable of the prodigal son in the Bible and study particularly the words, "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine" (Luke 15:31).

My first reaction was, "What does that story have to do with me?" But I was obedient and read it. Previously the verse mentioned had only referred, I thought, to the wealth of the father and the assurance that the son was heir to his father's fortune.

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December 2, 1967

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