I would like to express my gratitude for Christian Science and...

I would like to express my gratitude for Christian Science and acknowledge the debt I owe its Discoverer and Founder, Mary Baker Eddy. I have experienced several healings through this Science, but there is one in particular I would like to tell about here. It concerns the healing of the tobacco habit.

I had been a cigarette "fiend" for a number of years. I had tried many times to break away from smoking, but without success. One day I sought the help of a Christian Science practitioner for a problem that had nothing to do with cigarettes. But during our conversation cigarettes were mentioned, and she wanted to know if I smoked. I told her that I did. Then she wanted to know if I wanted to get rid of the habit. I said I surely did, but that it was too much for me. She gave me silent prayerful treatment for about twenty minutes, and when I left her office, she asked me to be sure to let her know how I was progressing.

As I went down the elevator, the thought came to me that I had something to do about it too. So I reached into my pocket, and there was the inevitable package of cigarettes. Now, I had made up my mind that I was going to do everything I could to cooperate, for I wanted to get rid of the habit. I also wanted to join The Mother Church. You can't join The Mother Church if you use tobacco or intoxicants. As I went out the front door, I crushed this pack of cigarettes up in my hand and tossed them away. I then proceeded toward the place where I worked. I had gotten about halfway when terrific craving hit me again, and this time it seemed to be intensified, so much so that I went into a cigar store and bought another pack.

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Words of Current Interest
December 1, 1973

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