There is no doubt that by far the greater number come
to Christian Science by the way of physical healing, but
there are those to whom this does not particularly appeal.
In the hope that it may be of benefit to some such, and in
gratitude for help received, I submit my own experience.
Three years ago I knew nothing of Christian Science, aside
from the knowledge gathered from the daily papers and
current literature. When I thought of the subject at all,
it was to class Christian Science with various human theories
with which I could not be in sympathy, for they
seemed to rely upon both good and evil. I had never
known of a case of healing, had never read the textbook
or heard of the Journal or Sentinel, but I would sometimes
see people going into the Christian Science church. I was
tired of trying to find anything satisfactory in religious
belief, for it seemed as if God either could not or would
not bring into harmony the terrible conditions existing in
human society. I had quit using any form of prayer except
the Lord's Prayer, and even then omitted the words
"lead us not into temptation." How I longed to know
just a little of the "why?" and "wherefore?" of it all.
Here is where Christian Science found me. I was
thrown in contact with a dear friend of whom I had seen
very little for a year or more, a thoroughly educated woman
and a thinker. She told me she had taken some treatments
in Christian Science for a physical trouble, and had become
very much interested in the study of "Science and
Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. She
asked me if I would like to look at the book, and I said I
would be glad to do so. The first chapter, "Prayer,"
appealed to me from the first, and when I came to Mrs.
Eddy's spiritual sense of the Lord's Prayer (Science and
Health, p. 17), my interest was fully aroused. I knew
that in a dim way I was learning what it means to "pray
without ceasing." Very soon I bought a book of my own,
and with the help of our Lesson-Sermons, as given in the
Quarterly, I began in earnest the study of Science and
Health, in connection with the Bible.
I stood very much in need of physical healing at this
time, having suffered for several years from an obstinate
form of stomach trouble. So far as I know, I gave no
thought to the benefits I might derive physically from the
study, but I did believe this Science held the truth of things,
and I was so absorbed in getting an understanding of the
Principle that I thought very little of myself. After about
three or four months' study I realized that the stomach
trouble was gone, and with it went other physical troubles,
which have never returned. This healing was brought
about by the earnest, conscientious seeking for the truth,
as contained in the Bible and interpreted by our Leader
in our textbook, Science and Health. I have since learned
more of the Science of healing and have been able in a
small way to help others in need. I have also learned
that in living and loving is healing realized, and in reflecting
divine Love I have the "signs following."
When we think of the pure, loving, unselfish life Mrs.
Eddy must have lived in order to become conscious of this
truth and give it to us, words are a poor medium through
which to express the gratitude which her followers feel for
her. It is best expressed by obediently following her, even
as she is following Christ. - H. T., Omaha, Neb.
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