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SAVED FROM DROWNING
Since then Christian Science has been my only reliance. I have been healed of chronic throat trouble, bilious attacks, sick headaches, gallstones, lame back, and many other ailments. An experience I had while in bathing proved to me God's ever presence. One afternoon I went to the beach with friends and one of them asked me to go in bathing. I refused at first, as I always had such fear of water, and expressed myself so; but finally I was persuaded, thinking I would wade in a little way and enjoy the cool water, as it was a very warm day. My friend, however, was joined by another friend and soon they were swimming quite a way from me. I saw as I waded out that the cement bottom (it was a made lake) was sloping downward and was slick and slimy, and that if I did not return to the bank I might drown, for I knew nothing about swimming; but as I turned to go back my feet slipped and I went down. I came up farther out and was terribly frightened. Then I went down again, still farther out. I could only struggle, although I could clearly think, and I wondered why those stragglers on the bank could not see that I needed help. I was going down for the third time when these words came clear and distinct: "God is all." I heard the waters closing over me, but was calm and happy. The next thing I realized was that I was on the bank, my feet in shallow water. I could scarcely speak when my friends came up. I only wanted to look up and thank God; in fact, I said to them that if it had not been for my understanding of Christian Science I would not have been there.
I feel more grateful for this experience than any other that I have had. We read in Psalms, "The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth." I am indeed grateful to our dear Leader, whose works show us the way out of all inharmony into the truth that makes free.
Mrs. E. C. Steffen
Christian Science Sentinel, October 11, 1919
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