When quite young, my brother and I were obliged to go to...

When quite young, my brother and I were obliged to go to boarding school. An aunt lovingly took us into her home for vacations and introduced us to the Christian Science Sunday School. Although our attendance at Sunday School was spasmodic, the seed was sown, and I have had much to be grateful for in the ensuing years.

About ten years ago, I was living in a tropical area. One of my legs became infected. People commented on the condition. Some advised me what caused it, and what I should do about it. I began to feel I was fighting not only a skin condition but the whole attitude of the community as well. The condition spread to my hands and feet. About the same time I realized I had developed an allergy that I had not had before. I had fallen into the trap of "mental quackery." Mrs. Eddy writes (Science and Health, p. 395), "It is mental quackery to make disease a reality—to hold it as something seen and felt—and then to attempt its cure through Mind." The physical symptoms had become alarming, so I contacted a Christian Science practitioner, who very kindly agreed to help me. Simultaneously I began to make a thorough study of the synonyms for God and in particular Life and Love. Mrs. Eddy says (ibid., p. 258), "We know no more of man as the true divine image and likeness, than we know of God." The condition was slow to yield as there were many errors of thought to correct. Several times the symptoms recurred, mostly on my hands, but each time they were less severe, and the attacks became less frequent, as I became less sensitive to the opinions of others. Finally the entire condition disappeared.

Some years ago I was asked to operate a radio at work. I was suffering from ear trouble at the time, and I was tempted to refuse. Instead, I took on this duty and held to the truth that hearing was a spiritual faculty. I tried to live more prayerfully, since prayer also involves listening. The ear trouble persisted for some weeks, but one day while I was operating the radio I felt a tickle in my ear, and within a few moments the abnormal condition was corrected. Since that time my ear have never again become blocked.

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June 19, 1978

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