I owe my life and my well-being to Christian Science, for which...

I owe my life and my well-being to Christian Science, for which a written word of gratitude is long overdue.

A healing that has been the basis for many other healings occurred when my employers took me from the North to the South, where the weather was unseasonably warm, humid, and uncomfortable. I felt burdened by the oppressive heat and resentful of unaccustomed domestic duties. I found each succeeding day more exhausting. Finally one night as I lay in bed, depressed because I was fearful that I wouldn't live until morning, the definition of God came to me from Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy (p. 587): "The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence."

I pondered also the words of Mrs. Eddy in Pulpit and Press (p. 3), where she quotes the Master, "He also said: 'The kingdom of God is within you.'" Mrs. Eddy's words continue, "Know, then, that you possess sovereign power to think and act rightly, and that nothing can dispossess you of this heritage and trespass on Love." Thinking on these words, I began to thank God for Life and for all the good that had come into my life through this teaching. I repeated every synonym for God and one by one made them my own, thanking God and saying, "This true sense of Life is my real consciousness, is the real me. And this me lying here helpless is not me at all. God and all the good that has ever been is with me now." I repeated these truths until sleep overtook me. In the morning I awoke perfectly well.

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September 7, 1968

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