Grace M. Donahue, Burlington, Ia.
In looking over my experiences since I began studying Christian Science, I find so much to be grateful for, that I want to tell others of these blessings. This is the first summer for seven years that I have been free from a severe trouble with my eyes. For four years I tried everything that materia medica suggested, but without help. I was told that I would never be entirely free from it.
Four years ago this fall, when suffering with a severe attack of rheumatism, I sought help from Christian Science, and was healed. This one trouble with my eyes seemed to be the problem through which I was to learn the meaning of the text, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure,” and I am very grateful that I have learned its meaning and followed the command.
The way has been rough and up-hill many times, but through it all God has sustained and comforted me. Amid the fears of my family (who did not understand Christian Science), the scoffing of friends and the predictions that I would go blind if something were not done, I pressed on, trusting in God, and Truth has prevailed.
I have found that, as I have said, “Thy will, not mine, be done,” and have silenced mortal thoughts to listen to thoughts of peace, harmony, contentment, love, etc., these qualities of the new man have been manifested, and the old qualities have disappeared.
Though the healing has been slow, I would not take anything for this glorious experience, for it has brought me into closer communion with God, and has shown me man’s perfection and at-one-ment with Him.
Do not despair, dear one. Though the way may seem dark and drear, and the path long and narrow, remember, God is nearest in the darkest hour, and if we are faithful we shall receive the reward of the faithful. “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
From the October 17, 1901 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel