In one of her hymns Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and...

In one of her hymns Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, asks this poignant question (Poems, p. 75): "Felt ye the power of the Word?" One who has felt this power knows that God is alive, present, and powerful.

When I was a child of eight, I felt this "power of the Word." One evening I became very ill with what was called spasmodic croup and was choking to death. My father, who was not a Christian Scientist, was trying vainly to get in touch with one of the two doctors in our small town. My mother asked his permission to call an aunt who was a Christian Science practitioner. Realizing that something must be done quickly, he gave his consent. I can remember my mother going to the telephone just before I became unconscious. When I regained consciousness, I knew that I was well. I had felt "the power of the Word." At that moment the doctor, our neighbor and friend, walked in. I told him I was well, but he would not believe me, thinking I was too young to know what I was saying. But I was well, and I knew it.

As a young teen-ager, I began to question our minister and other adults about doctrinal beliefs, such as those regarding heaven, hell, and immortality, but no one could answer to my satisfaction. When we were visiting my aunt, the Christian Scientist, I questioned her. The answers she gave were clear, logical, and sensible. When she told me that Christian Science healed, I remembered the experience when I was eight years old, and I needed no convincing. I had already felt "the power of the Word." At that young age I began an earnest study of Christian Science.

March 9, 1968

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