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When I first heard of Christian...

From the August 1914 issue of The Christian Science Journal


When I first heard of Christian Science, it was in a very vague way. I supposed that it healed the sick through prayer: and though I heard it much criticized and misrepresented, still I believed only what was good about it, because I had always thought the sick should be healed by trusting God. From my childhood I had read the Bible a great deal, and had much faith in prayer. When fourteen years old I joined a church and tried earnestly to be a consistent Christian: indeed, my friends used to laugh at my overdeveloped conscience.

As the years passed I became more and more dissatisfied. I did not understand the Bible and could not read it as I once had done. My prayers seemed of no avail, and for several years I was as one groping in darkness. My one prayer was, "Lead me into all truth;" for I felt I did not know the truth about God. Besides this, my health was poor, and seemed to be getting worse all the time. The doctor told me I had a bowel disorder and could never expect to be cured. The attacks were becoming more frequent and severe, and there seemed nothing but discord in my life.

Then an aunt who had been healed in Christian Science several years before, began to send me copies of the Sentinel, and after reading them for some time I became very much interested. Since then the truth has been my only physician. I got a copy of Science and Health and began to stud it, and was healed of the bowel trouble and many other ailments. I have seldom needed to ask for treatment. I have striven to realize the ever-presence of God, and to depend upon Him alone.

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