Mary Baker Eddy states on page 1 of the Christian Science...

Mary Baker Eddy states on page 1 of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Thoughts unspoken are not unknown to the divine Mind. Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds." When Christian Science was first presented to me, it was certainly my desire to regain my health and be able to care for my children until they could care for themselves.

I had suffered for fifteen years. Every few weeks I had attacks of severe pain that kept me in bed for two or three days. Many material remedies were tried, including a double surgical operation, but to no avail. There seemed to be only more problems, including thyroid gland trouble, spells of weakness and nervousness, and low blood pressure. When I went back to my doctor, he described a very poor blood condition. My weight was only ninety-eight pounds. He didn't prescribe any more medicine but told me to keep on a special diet and continue to rest four hours each day. Knowing he had done all he could for me, and feeling no hope of ever being well again, I was tempted to end it all so as not to be a burden to my family.

September 19, 1970

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