I am grateful to have had the privilege of attending the Sunday School...

I am grateful to have had the privilege of attending the Sunday School of The Mother Church in Boston from the age of four until I was twenty. There I learned many wonderful spiritual truths. Later I became a member of The Mother Church, joined a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, and had Christian Science class instruction.

Several years after I completed Sunday School, I married, and later we had a little daughter. One day I noticed that our daughter's eyes were discharging. My husband, who was not a Christian Scientist at that time, said, "Why don't you take her to a doctor?" After a few moments I told my husband that I'd like to try Christian Science. He agreed to this, and so I phoned a dear friend— a devout Christian Scientist—and asked for her help. She said that she would pray for us. The next day the child's eyes were normal. This was the end of the difficulty.

Two winters ago I began to feel ill one day. As I prayed, the thought came to me to look up the word "influenza." So, I picked up a dictionary and found it derived from a root which means "an influence (because attributed by astrologers to the influence of the stars)." Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy includes this statement (p. 102): "The planets have no more power over man than over his Maker, since God governs the universe; but man, reflecting God's power, has dominion over all the earth and its hosts." As I thought about this I recalled that, a few years before, the speaker at our Christian Science Students Association meeting stressed the importance of knowing that we do not come under the so-called laws of astrology, that God's laws alone govern man.

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