My introduction to Christian Science came in an unusual way

My introduction to Christian Science came in an unusual way. When I was seven, my mother and a friend, who had a daughter my age, were talking about childbirth. They had sent us girls off to play, but although we were out of sight, we could hear every word. Mother, who was not a Scientist, told how giving birth had been very difficult for her. But her friend had applied the truths of Christian Science and found childbirth to be a happy event.

Although I was only seven, the sharp contrast between their experiences made a vivid impression. Even then, the Christian Science way of harmony seemed the most natural one to me, and years later I sought out this Science and began to study it diligently. I had learned something of its tremendous value. "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father" (Rom. 8:15).

I have had a number of healings—many through my own prayer—including those of burns, a sprained ankle, infected gums, toothache, and severe nosebleed. This Bible verse has often fortified me (Rom. 8:31): "If God be for us, who can be against us?"

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March 31, 1980

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