Before I began to study Christian Science, doctors had given...

Before I began to study Christian Science, doctors had given me only months to live, having diagnosed my condition as undulant fever in its last stage. One day my sister-in-law, a Christian Scientist, called. She told me that God loved me and would not sentence me to death. (I had been praying to die because of my suffering.) Could I believe what she was saying? When she offered to explain, and to take me into her home that night, I accepted.

We stayed up all night, praying. This prayer was so different from what I had prayed all my life; this was a new kind of prayer, one of conviction and trust. My sister-in-law showed me in Genesis that God created man in His own image and he was very good (see 1:26–31), and read this to me from Science and Health: "In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law if his being" (p. 63).

October 2, 1995

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