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A long time ago, for a period of about 15 years, I quietly drank myself to sleep every night. I hated having this problem, and I quit drinking many times, only to come back and drink again. My husband tried to help me, but it didn’t seem to work. Alcoholism kept winning every battle I fought with it.
My husband had been raised in Christian Science, but like me, he was not practicing any religion. He started feeling the lack of God in our lives before I did, and he began to study the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly several times each week. I would help him by marking the appropriate citations for each Bible Lesson in his copy of the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, and sometimes we studied these citations together.
I witnessed a dramatic healing my husband had, and it changed my beliefs about God instantly, totally convincing me that God heals. My husband had twisted his ankle at work, and I was shocked to see him crawl into our house. I was very concerned and wanted to ice down his swollen ankle, but he calmly told me that all he wanted was his Science and Health book. He would not let me go upstairs to get it, insisting on climbing the stairs himself.
For fifteen years I had used tobacco, both chewing and smoking; for ten years I had been a victim of the drink habit, sometimes to excess; I was also addicted to profanity. Christian Science removed these appetites. A stomach trouble and other lesser ills, such as headache, a bad temper, an inordinate love of money, etc., disappeared under the same benign influence.… As Mrs. Eddy says, “Not matter, but Mind, satisfieth.”
— G. B. P., Henry, S. D.
From the chapter “Fruitage” in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 679.
He had been gone about 45 minutes when he came bounding back down the stairs and showed me his ankle. It was perfect! I was again in shock. He told me that while reading, all his years of Sunday School had come back to him, and he had reveled in the beautiful ideas he had remembered. He hadn’t realized for a while that the pain had stopped and the swelling had disappeared.
I immediately knew that Christian Science works! I was an instant believer. We both began a deeper study of Christian Science and began attending church regularly. I even had an experience when I suddenly realized that God is ever present and that He is totally loving me every moment. I gradually began thinking that maybe He could heal me of my addiction.
One morning while I was sitting at a red light in my car on the way to work, I asked God to somehow show me the way to quit drinking every night. I had never been more sincere in my life. It felt so good to be hopeful that this problem was nearly over.
Within days, I found myself forgetting to drink. I could not believe that all desire to drink was suddenly gone! There were no withdrawal symptoms, and the desire to drink has stayed gone for the last 28 years.
A couple of months after my sudden healing of alcoholism, my addiction to cigarettes was gone nearly as painlessly. I thank God for my freedom every day. He truly heals, and His healings are perfect!
Martha J. Smith
San Antonio, Texas, US
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