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About this time I attended a Christian Science lecture. The lecturer recommended that we read "The Life of Mary Baker Eddy" by Sibyl Wilbur, of which opportunity I made haste to avail myself. From the moment I began reading this remarkable biography, I found my attitude toward Mrs. Eddy beginning to undergo a remarkable change. My consciousness seemed to overflow with love, and gratitude, and humility, and good cheer toward all men. Then I came to that portion of the biography that treats of Mrs. Eddy's getting ready the third edition of Science and Health for the press, founding and teaching in the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, healing, preaching, proving the good Samaritan to countless hungry hearts. In addition to all this stupendous labor for God, the biographer went on to say, Mrs. Eddy was compelled, because of the stringency of her monetary situation, to clean her own floors and make over her old clothes. As I read this particular paragraph I had a great awakening light. Then I put the book down and began to think and think. I thought of dear Mrs. Eddy, of her handicaps, her trials, her self-denials, her love in spite of prosecution and persecution, her humility, her genius, and her strength; and the more I pondered, the more I loved what she stood for. It seemed very natural that tears began to roll down my cheeks, not tears of self-pity, just the first honest tears I had ever shed.
I began to count my blessings. I found, when I began to count, that I had already received much to be grateful for through the blessed ministry of Christian Science. There were, in addition to our Bible, the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, and also the wonderful privilege of being a student of Christian Science. Then, too, I was grateful for every little thing. I felt as if I could clap my hands for the joy of knowing that God loves me. The study of Christian Science has since healed me of nervous prostration, acute indigestion, the wearing of glasses, and, instantaneously, of Spanish influenza.
I am more grateful than I can say for the truth that makes free, and for the world's noblest humanitarian since the time of Christ Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy.
Christian Science Sentinel, September 27, 1924
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