I was led to take up the study of Christian Science as a young...

I was led to take up the study of Christian Science as a young girl, following eight years of treatment by several physicians that brought no relief from a complication of physical disorders diagnosed as colitis, neuritis, and phlebitis, following an appendectomy. An instantaneous healing of the neuritis was proof to me that this religion, which was brought into our home by a relative, was what I wanted and needed. I dropped all medical help, with the reluctant consent of the rest of my family, and began the serious study of Christian Science. The healing of the other physical disorders came somewhat later after a period of great spiritual growth.

During this time I was led by a Christian Science practitioner to the realization of two very valuable lessons. One was the necessity for putting first things (spiritual study and pursuits) first in my life. Thus with more consistent prayerful study came the opportunity for dedicated service in a branch church. The other lesson I needed to learn was to release myself from the mistaken sense of responsibility that I must prove to the rest of my immediate family and to the community in which I lived that this religion could heal. I came to see that I had only to learn to understand God and my relation to Him, and that this enlightenment would then permeate not only my own thought and bring peace but would quiet the opposition and fear of others as well. This period of spiritual growth was followed by a complete healing.

February 15, 1969
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