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From the June 1936 issue of The Christian Science Journal

With the thought of trying to help others I should like to relate an experience which I had with our youngest daughter during the first month after our turning to Christian Science about six years ago.

She was then two and a half years of age, and was very good about playing and amusing herself. This particular day I had noticed that her cheeks were flushed and the glands swollen, but I paid no attention to it. After lunch, when her older sister had gone back to school, she threw herself on the floor and cried bitterly. I immediately picked her up and rocked her. She said that her ear hurt. I had read many times in the Bible, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling," so I thought that if I read she would be healed. I tried to hold her as I read Science and Health, but as she continued to cry, wiggling, and rubbing her ear, this was impossible. I finally laid her down, and got some cotton and warm olive oil and the hot water bottle, but I could get no results with these, as she continued to cry and rub her ear saying, "Ear hurt, mama." I picked her up in my arms again, and with tears rolling down my cheeks, with fear and trembling, I turned completely away from all materiality and prayed to our loving Father-Mother God to help and comfort all other little children of the world, some of them without a human father or mother to care for them; and the very instant my thought turned, my child was fast asleep—healed. I continued to hold her and read Science and Health till her sister came bouncing in from school about four o'clock and woke her up. She laughed, jumped down, and ran off to play as if nothing had ever taken place. Needless to say we were all very grateful.

Almost two years ago she came to me complaining about her ear. I talked just a little to her about perfect God and His perfect child, and nothing more was heard about the error. A short time later she came to me again, making the same complaint, and I just looked at her with a smile, and she said, "Oh! I know," and ran out to play.

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