Surprising Change

Looking over the past year of my life, the change is surprising. One year ago I was under the influence of liquor, which had become a strong habit. "Instead of my life being like the acorn, which pushed its way through the soil and grew into a shapely tree, I placed a large stone over the place where my acorn was planted, and then each year piled other stones and rubbish on it, making it impossible for the good seed to grow." But there was Life there. I chanced to attend the dedication service of a Christian Science Church in New York, and finding it different from other churches, I went again.

In one of my "sprees" I was run over by a cab and my collar-bone broken, and, to my surprise, my wife said I told the police not to prosecute the driver for "it is all in God's hands." Those words set me to thinking, and I went to church quite regularly.

They said there was healing in those Christian Science services, and I found it, for the desire for liquor left me. But I was like the man, who, being asked if he could do a piece of work, answered "Yes, that is my trade, but I have no tools." Being supplied with tools and material, his employer returned in a few days but found nothing accomplished. "Can't you do this work?" "Oh yes, that is my trade, and I'll do it." Coming back in a few days he finds him in the same condition, and nothing done. Surely he cannot expect to be paid for his time.

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Testimony of Healing
Better Without Medicine
March 16, 1899

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