When I came from Germany to live in the United States, a...

When I came from Germany to live in the United States, a cousin who lives in this beautiful country introduced me to Christian Science. She gave me a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy with the German translation in it. Though I was not yet ready to accept all of its truths, I was deeply impressed in learning how Christian Science explains man as the spiritual child of God. Inspired by this wonderful religion, which prominently includes the Bible in its teaching, I became interested in reading the Bible, but I did not take up the study of Christian Science at that time.

Much later I developed symptoms of breast cancer and went to a doctor. After consulting with two specialists, he recommended an immediate operation. All I knew then was to reach out to God for an angel message. It came—in the words of Isaiah (41:10): "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." In retrospect, I now realize that my decision to call off the operation, which was scheduled for the next day, was indeed evidence of divine guidance. God is forever communicating to His idea, man, in a form that is both understandable and practical in our everyday lives.

I then began to recall some of the simple truths I had cherished when reading Science and Health. After fear had been somewhat silenced, I turned away from the evidence of material sense, or the belief of life in matter. I had to trust God completely, to know my true nature as the expression of His being. A tremendous stand was taken—I turned away from medicine to divine Spirit, whose power is supreme. My healing naturally followed. All symptoms completely disappeared under the ministering truths of Christian Science. Wholehearted reliance on God had brought freedom and restoration of health.

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April 30, 1979

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