Some years ago I considered myself to be very critical of Christian Science

Some years ago I considered myself to be very critical of Christian Science. This was due to my early, close association with dear relatives who, because of their lack of knowledge, held very erroneous opinions of this religion. I found myself living next door to a student of this faith, and I asked her to tell me about its teachings. Her response that it is scientific and can be proved, as mathematics can be, aroused my curiosity, and I happily accepted a copy of the textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, to read.

What a joyous surprise to find that Mrs. Eddy's writings proclaimed her discovery of a religion based upon the operative, omniscient Principle, Truth and Love! It seemed easy to agree with the logical fundamentals described in Science and Health. And I was most impressed to see that a physical trouble I had had for many years disappeared while I was reading this book.

As early as possible I enrolled my young son in a Christian Science Sunday School, because I was deeply desirous that he begin to learn of this beautiful, demonstrable Truth. When he was four years of age, he wakened one afternoon from his nap crying with an earache. At first the thought occurred, "Oh, what a shame that he is going to have painful earaches such as I had during childhood!" Quickly there was better thinking. I followed the impulse to get the textbook, and sat down on the bed, opening the book at random. I had read less than a page when the child abruptly stopped crying and began to smile. The fiery redness instantly disappeared, and his ear turned to its natural color. While he happily smiled and laughed, I experienced the most exalting awareness of a spiritual state of being and thinking, which stayed with me for two days. "What kind of religion is this that heals in this manner?" I pondered. So many days of my childhood had been spent in pain and waiting for the earaches to stop hurting that this experience seemed like a miracle to me.

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Words of Current Interest
July 7, 1973

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