In reviewing some of the countless blessings I have received...

In reviewing some of the countless blessings I have received through the study and application of Christian Science, I recognize how grateful I am to know that man is the expression of God. I have studied and applied Christian Science as far back as I can remember. But for me one of the most difficult lessons has been freedom of expression.

In school I was terrified at giving speeches. Only after I was in college and started giving testimonies at Wednesday evening meetings in a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, did I begin to lose this fear. For many years after this, even though I could freely speak in church meetings, I had to work to carry this freedom into public speaking outside church. The realization that I was denying God's power and presence finally quieted this fear and left me free. Of course, gratitude for the many ways in which Christian Science was demonstrated in my experience unsealed my lips in church and is now unsealing my lips to speak God's praises outside church.

A healing I received when in college set me firmly in the path of Christian Science after some vacillation during eighteen months of overseas duty in the Second World War. About an hour after retiring one night I awoke dreadfully ill and collapsed in the bathroom. My landlady, who was a registered nurse, found me in this condition and declared I had intestinal flu. She said I could expect to be in bed for a couple of weeks. I denied this verdict mentally. The next day I arose somewhat late and devoted my day to the study of Christian Science. The following day I was back in classes healed. Not long afterward I was able to live in the home of Christian Scientists much nearer the university.

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April 12, 1969

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