For many years now, Christian Science has been an important...

For many years now, Christian Science has been an important part of my life. I should like to express my gratitude for it. My family and I came into Science after my mother was pronounced dying of puerperal fever after a stillbirth. One of her sisters had recently taken up the study of Christian Science and had written her a letter in which she included "the scientific statement of being." Two of the sentences read (Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, p. 468): "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all." This was all my mother knew of Christian Science, but she clung to it. Mother also requested help from another relative who had taken up the practice of Christian Science in a nearby city. She was quickly healed and arose from what had been considered her deathbed to attend to her household duties.

We children were impressed by this healing, but at first were not much interested in learning more of these teachings. However, we did begin to attend the Christian Science Sunday School out of gratitude for our mother's healing. By the time I had finished college and was teaching school, I realized that I wished to live my life thereafter in accordance with Science. I found it aided me in my teaching, despite the social pressure from my colleagues to conform to orthodox religious ideas. The new insights I gained assisted me in caring for my father after he had been injured in an accident.

May 24, 1975
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