When I was a small child, I was considered very delicate, and one illness seemed to be followed by another. Then my father was wonderfully healed by Christian Science treatment after the medical doctors had given him up; in fact, it was one of the doctors who suggested that he call a Christian Science practitioner for treatment.
Shortly after Christian Science came to our family, I began to grow stronger. I was able to play with other children. I learned to swim, ice-skate, and ride horseback. By the time I was grown, I was very active in competitive sports and had an unusual amount of energy and strength. The fears of sickness and injury were completely removed from my consciousness.
For several years I danced professionally, working in motion picture studios. While still thus employed, I decided to take up flying, which I had wanted to do for some time. After I earned my pilot's license, many opportunities opened up in the field of aviation, and during World War II, I served as a ferry pilot with the United States Army Air Corps. I piloted all types of military aircraft—trainers, cargo, bombers, and fighters. On several occasions emergencies arose, and I enjoyed wonderful protection and a great sense of freedom from fear.
One time I had trouble with a malfunction in the landing gear of a P-61 night fighter. I returned to my home base and tried for about five hours to get the gear down and locked. An officer friend who was a Christian Scientist was in the radio control tower, with others who had been summoned there, and his support was most helpful. Because of external gas tanks, which I could not jettison, it was suggested that I head the plane toward the ocean and parachute to safety. However, I felt a great calm and nearness to God and was impelled to attempt a crash landing so the ship could be salvaged. I landed it dead stick (to lessen the danger of fire), and although the gear did not hold up, I was not even jolted and the plane was repaired and returned to service. In twenty-seven years of occupational flying this is the only accident I have ever had, and it was classed as 100 percent mechanical failure.
I worked as a production line test pilot at two factories. The past few years I have been employed as a helicopter instructor. To say that Christian Science helps me in my work is putting it very mildly; but then I could not imagine trying to get along in any line of endeavor without the help of Christian Science.
In raising three sons, most of the time alone, I found that Christian Science could meet our every need. The so-called childhood diseases which presented themselves were healed quickly. An attack of infantile paralysis was healed. My mother cared for the children much of the time when I worked, and she faithfully applied Christian Science to every emergency. Broken noses, broken ankles, a broken foot, were all set and healed through scientific prayer in Christian Science.
I broke my back in a fall off a toboggan, although I did not know until some time later that it had been broken and did not miss a day's work. I felt considerable pain for two days, but was beautifully protected at work and was completely free in a week. About three years later, Army X rays showed that it had healed perfectly.
My three sons were born in maternity homes for Christian Scientists, without medication or anesthetic. The woman doctor attending all three births was studying Christian Science, and worked prayerfully in cooperation with the Christian Science practitioner on the case. The first and second births were difficult, but the third was an absolutely painless and inspiring experience.
My most difficult testing time came when my youngest child was three months old and my beloved husband was in a fatal air crash with seven test pilots. I received much support from my branch church, many loving friends, and my consecrated teacher. I had had class instruction a short time before. I felt very strongly that I coexisted with God, Life; that my husband coexisted with God, indestructible Life; and that there was no sense of separation. My two older sons were a big help to me, and again we found that divine Love was always present to meet every human need.
Having worked in a "man's world" for many years, I can appreciate in some degree what Mary Baker Eddy went through in presenting to the world a radical new interpretation of Christ Jesus' teachings and in establishing the Christian Science movement and providing for the periodicals. Her unwavering stand for the pure Christ, Truth, and her refusal to compromise with materially accepted methods and creeds have been a source of great inspiration to me through the years.
I know that as long as there is anyone who needs physical healing, increased supply, or love, I have metaphysical work to do. And it is when I am praying scientifically that I am progressing and finding satisfaction and fulfillment. Mrs. Eddy writes (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 233): "Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil."
I am grateful to have had a glimpse of the meaning of Genesis 1:26: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." I thank God every day for the Christian Science movement, for practitioners whose steadfastness is truly divinely inspired, and for my patient teacher, who has endeavored so faithfully to open the door of my understanding wider. I can honestly say, "My heart is singing: I have found the way" (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 64).
Van Nuys, California
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