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DIVINE PRESENCE REALIZED
For many years I seldom knew a day without pain. Loving friends, physicians, and a famous surgeon, all tried to correct the many diseases that claimed me as a victim. All attempts failed. While I was traveling in the central west of the United States all the seeming anxieties, troubles, and diseases that were making life a burden seemed to gather in one black cloud, from which there was apparently no escape. Christian Science cleared away the darkness, and the work of replacing wrong thoughts with right thoughts began. I had heard of Christian Science, but as I was not interested in a new religion and could not in my ignorance believe that physical healing was possible here and now, I gave no heed to the subject. Divine Love met my need, for I met a loving disciple of Christ who explained to me that Christian Science teaches mankind the true idea of Love and that Christ has never left the earth, and therefore it is possible here and now to do the works of Jesus.
Under the guidance of this loving disciple I began the study of the Christian Science Lesson-Sermons. The great joy that came as I began to know God aright and see man as His perfect idea, words cannot express; only the earnest student of Christian Science knows. After three days' study I awoke in the night to find myself in the grasp of malarial fever, the worst attack I had ever experienced. The first thought was, Call a physician; the second, Call the loving disciple who told you about the Christ. Then came the question: Whom have you always sought and whom are you truly seeking? and the answer was: God, and He is present. Then I found myself well, and with great rejoicing arose and declared my gratitude to the loving Father who had healed me.
There have been severe struggles many times since, but Truth is always the victor and for the past eight years I have had God for my only Physician. By learning to follow Mrs. Eddy's instruction found on page 248 of Science and Health, "We must form perfect models in thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in grand and noble lives," I have been healed of the belief that one can suffer for the sins of others. I am striving in all my activities to realize and prove the unreality of matter, and I am deeply grateful that thereby I, too, can touch the hem of the garment of Christ.
Mary E. Foster
The Christian Science Journal, July, 1920
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