Christian Science has made such an impact on my life that my...

Christian Science has made such an impact on my life that my gratitude is boundless. My first glimpse of spiritual truth occurred about forty-five years ago when I was healed of grief after my mother's passing. This healing took place while I was listening to a Christian Science lecture in a branch church in New York City. I felt a wonderful sense of peace when the lecturer spoke of the fatherhood and motherhood of God, and I was freed from sorrow.

A little later on, before my first child was born, I was healed of constipation of many years' standing. (I had then been studying this Science for about six months.) Each night before retiring I would take a spoonful of mineral oil. However, one night I became so absorbed in reading Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy that I forgot to take the oil. I have never taken it since, nor have I felt a need for it. The oil I now use is defined on page 592 of Science and Health: "Oil. Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration."

An understanding of this oil of Truth also healed me of chapped hands, which used to crack and bleed, particularly during the winter months. Formerly, most of the time during the winter I wore gloves saturated with cold cream so that my hands would remain smooth and moist, but to no avail. Yet today, many years since that healing occurred, even though my hands are constantly exposed to a variety of conditions they are normal in every way, for which I am most grateful.

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September 12, 1983

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