by Ella H. Hay
My search for Truth began when I was a young child. I felt that there must be just one right way in which to worship God. The fact that so many sects, at variance with one another, all claimed to be on the road to salvation, proved to me that they must have missed something. I often prayed earnestly to be shown the right way.
For two years before Christian Science was presented to me, I read the Bible during most of my spare time. I pondered often and long on the promise, “I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
I always felt that I received a direct answer to my prayer; for I was led to accept a position as teacher in a small town where the only room I could obtain was with a woman who had, four years before, experienced a beautiful healing through Christian Science treatment. I am grateful to this woman, for she told me about Christian Science; and her life was proof of all she claimed for it.
I knew at once that this was the thing I had been seeking. It was so wonderful and so beautiful to me from the very first page of the literature I read, that I continued reading, with a hunger that only Truth could satisfy. During the previous year, I had undergone two surgical operations, and had been constantly under a physician’s care. I was healed through reading our textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. I had given no thought to the physical healing, for I was so grateful to have found the right way in which to worship God. I was also able at this time to lay aside glasses which I had wornfor eight years. Since then I have had many beautiful proofs of God’s care.
As long as I could remember, I had suffered several times each year from severe attacks of tonsillitis. These attacks continued after I began to study Christian Science. I always felt a great fear at the approach of the symptoms, and called a practitioner to help me with the problem. I always received help, but the healing was not permanent. One time I was in a place where it was very difficult to reach a practitioner. I felt the symptoms of this trouble in the early afternoon, and by dinner time the condition was the most severe I had ever experienced. I felt so much fear that I did not seem to be able to think clearly. However, I continued working for myself, when suddenly the thought came to me that “one disease is no more real than another” (S&H), and since I had proved the unreality of other physical problems, I surely could see the nothingness of this disease.
I still had a long struggle, but from that moment, I began to see the truth more clearly. I read from our textbook, and declared what was true about myself, from six o’clock in the evening until four the next morning. At that time there was no improvement in the physical condition, but I knew I was healed, so I went to bed thanking God. Four hours later I was perfectly well, and I have had no more attacks of throat trouble.
Many times since that experience, when I have been tempted to go to sleep over a problem, the “still small voice” has said, “What, could ye not watch with me one hour?” Then, remembering the result of that night of watching, I have been encouraged to watch with Truth, however serious the material condition may have seemed, and always the healing has come, and the blessing has been made clear to me.
I can never express in words my gratitude to Mrs. Eddy, who loved us so much that no sacrifice was too great to make that we might have the pure and uncontaminated truth, which she has given us in all her writings. I pray and work daily to express those qualities of God which will bring all mankind to the understanding of Christian Science.