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Our family physician had given me a book entitled "Stepping stones to Homeopathy and Health," and also a box containing twenty-four vials of remedies. I studied the book and watched the children, and was constantly dosing them and myself, but the more I studied the book the more perplexed I became as to which remedy I should use, and the more fearful I became of disease. It was with a sense of great relief that I burned the book and then threw away the drugs. Christian Science has secured health for our children, and I wish every mother might know that God is the "great Physician."
I was brought up in a religious atmosphere, and from my earliest childhood I loved the Bible. My maternal grandfather was a Baptist clergyman, but at the last communion at which he officiated he invited all followers of Jesus Christ to partake of the sacrament. My father was a most devoted worker in the Congregational church for many years, serving as a deacon, and in after years he was an elder in the Presbyterian church, also serving for many years as superintendent of a non-sectarian mission Sunday School. Therefore I cared little for creeds, but I did long for a universal salvation, with the assurance of probation after death and the final redemption of all mankind. I shall not forget the joy which the teaching of Christian Science on this point brought to me. What a revelation, after believing in a changeable God, one who sent good and who also sent sickness and troubles of all kinds upon His children, for their good or for discipline, to read in Science and Health (p. 140), "The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death."
I had been taught when a very little child to take everything to God in prayer, and I had many beautiful answers to my prayers, but there was at the same time the great fear that some evil might be sent upon me for my good. It was the greatest of all blessings to have this misunderstanding corrected, and for the understanding of God as taught in Christian Science my heart is full of gratitude. Is it, then, dishonoring God to love and revere the one whom He has appointed to teach the truth to this age? Surely we would be unworthy to receive the benefits which come to us through Christian Science if we did not thus hold our dear Leader in our thoughts. "Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!"
Elisabeth Russell Greer
The Christian Science Journal, May, 1908
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