Christian Science Testimony

         My first reading of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy impressed me greatly with its beauty, purity, and truth, but I was by no means ready or willing to accept its teaching. One night I was awakened by hearing distinctly as it seemed to me the words, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." I thought I had been dreaming, but again and again came the words, vibrant, insistent, imperative. They filled my consciousness, waking or sleeping. I was ashamed, humiliated, conscience stricken; I tried hard to forget them, but they would not down.

         Today, after several years of study and more beautiful demonstrations than I could enumerate, one, the healing of a disease of over twenty years' standing, I thank God for the most practical, purifying, and elevating influence that ever came into my life. I have now a clearer understanding of that memorable call, which caused me so much anguish in fear of disloyalty to all I held dear. I know that "the way" is the way to redeem suffering humanity from fear and false belief; the way to see man as he is, God's image and likeness; that it is not limited to time, place, nor personality, for Truth is eternal and unchanging, and if we open our hearts to its soft whisperings, bidding us tread a higher and a broader way, we shall be led by the light of divine Life which illumines our understanding, bringing into our own and others' experience the gratifying results of this wonderful teaching.

         To the true Jewish heart the words Shema Yisrael are sacred, the Hebrew word Shema meaning, "to hearken." I am most grateful that I can say with the psalmist, "He shall call upon me, and I will answer him."

Clara Pake
Montgomery, Alabama


"Testimonies of Healing"
Christian Science Sentinel, May 3, 1919

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