“Great Teachers and Their Work”
From the January 1886 issue of The Christian Science Journal by M. A. D. Brown
My attention was called to Christian Science last summer, through a lady Scientist, whose lovely Christian character attracted my attention. She answered my many questions, until I became intensely interested. There was a strange fascination about this new tongue, which I could not evade until I had searched it most thorougly. I learned that the Rev. Mrs. Eddy, pastor of the Church of Christ (Scientist), Boston, was the favored one, to whom this great Truth was first revealed. I determined to learn of her, who had mounted the summit of inspiration. I joined a class of twenty, in which I was pleased to find most intelligent and cultured people, — distinguished divines and physicians, who had come to learn of her, whose daily life is an embodiment of the following prayer: —
Oh my God, I offer, as a consecrated gift upon Thine altar, a heart dedicated to Thy service, lips speaking only words of Charity, Love and Truth, thoughts striving to be only the true thoughts of the Mind of God. Help me to endure unto the end, strong in the faith, powerful in the Truth. All the influence that I can bring to bear, all the force of tongue or pen that is mine, I offer in Thy service. May Heaven help, bless, consecrate, and accept.
For three successive hours daily we sat under the divine and sublime teachings of this more-than-gifted woman, and we know that there is not an intelligent person living, who, after listening to a course of her teachings, can go away with aught but love, reverence, and gratitude for her, and aspirations for a higher nobler, purer life.