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"HAPPY, HEALTHY, AND PROSPEROUS"
After years of struggle with business failures, discouragement, and all else that goes with such a mental state, I found myself entirely without money, without credit, rents past due, and absolutely no visible income with which to provide for my wife and two small children. One day when darkness seemed almost to encompass me, I walked several miles from my home out into a big woods all alone. There with eyes uplifted I gave up all my human efforts to do anything more and turned my affairs over to the Father of all, to take care of and show me what to do for all time to come. In a few moments a great peace came to me and these lines from page 21 of "Retrospection and Introspection" by Mrs. Eddy: "It is well to know, dear reader, that our material, mortal history is but the record of dreams, not of man's real existence, and the dream has no place in the Science of being." In a few moments more this passage from "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 307) came also: "God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies."
Then I saw that this mortal with all his past history of failures and mistakes is not the man in God's image and likeness, that the real man is a spiritual being, perfect and harmonious; and I realized what my work or business really was, to express at all times this man of God's creating. I began the return home filled with joy with my new sense of things, while on the way reasonable thoughts began to come to me to start a small lunch room, for I understood something about the business, and in it could possibly reflect God's perfect man where it would do good to more people than anything else I could do. What I had to sell could be clean and good, and I could be cheerful to all who came in, reflecting kindness to everyone. I could reflect every minute some quality of God's man and there was no limit, it would never be exhausted, and this of course would be to reflect prosperity.
I had no money and seemingly at the time no human way to get any, but kept on every minute striving to work at my Father's business. In a few days a small room was rented. I made most of the necessary fixtures myself, and with only a few dollars' worth of stock began the human sense of business, never for a moment allowing myself to forget the real business I was engaged in. I kept actively expressing cleanliness, kindness, cheerfulness, at every opportunity and am engaged in doing so yet. That was about two years ago. Today my debts are gone, we live in a better home, my family are better provided for than they have ever been. A much larger room next door has been taken to accommodate my customers and there are eleven people working for me. I am happy, healthy, and prosperous.
I feel deeply grateful to Christ Jesus, and to our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, who in our textbook makes plain our duty and our work.
I wish to testify to the truth of my husband's testimony. We have certainly proved that God is an ever present help in time of trouble. Two years ago we were without a ray of hope. As my husband was several hundred dollars in debt, with two children and myself to support, no position, and many other conditions too numerous to mention seemingly hedging him in on every side, he passed many discouraging days and sleepless nights, but at the darkest hour, when all material help had failed, he began to try more earnestly to understand God or divine Principle, and to realize that supply is spiritual. His demonstration was made and we have had more than we could have asked for, and continue to have more each day.
Although truly grateful for the financial and physical healings we have had in our home, I am most grateful to know that God, good, is all-powerful.
Laura A. Sanders
Christian Science Sentinel, November 16, 1918
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