I am indeed very happy to be able to give a testimony today...

I am indeed very happy to be able to give a testimony today after an accident which happened to me lately.

Returning home the other evening after visiting some relations who are Christian Scientists and with whom I had gone through the lesson, "Unreality," I took the tram, and on getting in, told the conductor where to let me off. On arriving there, I went to get out, but evidently too soon, for hardly had my foot touched the ground, before, in some unaccountable manner, I fell over, and slid at full length some feet along the paved foot path, without knowing how it happened. I heard the cries of the passengers, but my consciousness at that moment was so filled with the good thoughts I had learned in the lesson just before I started, that no suggestion of being hurt was present, and I did not even drop my book, Science and Health, which I had in my hand, Before the tram went on, I got up alone, feeling all right, and thankful to God for His care, and went home and passed a good night.

The following morning on awaking the thought came to me: To get so lightly over such an accident is certainly not possible, and when I put my foot to the ground my ankle pained in such a degree that fear got the upper hand and declared that I could never go to the office that day. There was a severe contusion on the arm that was under me when I fell, and with each movement there was a nasty throbbing pain in my shoulder-joint. The doctor would have called it strained sinews, a sprain, or something of that sort, and ordered lotions, bandages, etc.,—things that were well known to me in the old thought, but now I saw the time had come when I would have to do my own work, and that meant giving an earnest trial to what I had learned during my two years' adherence to Christian Science. So I began to treat myself, and in order to master error and the claims of matter, I denied each pain, realizing that in matter there is neither life nor sensation, and it was only mortal mind that seemed to make me suffer. I worked earnestly to free my thoughts of this false consciousness, and as soon as I did so, perceptible relief came. I walked to the office and all went well the whole day, till the evening, when material laws again put in a claim. This returning of the error was a very evident proof to me that I had not held Truth conscientiously and steadfastly enough in my thoughts to be worthy of a perfect victory. It showed me, too, that the constant effort and energy of the sick themselves are indispensable, and, as seen in this case, we come very short of the mark if we expect that the fruit of healing will be showered upon us for half done work, or even when we get others to do our work for us, if we do not work too. Christian Science shows the way to every earnest seeker.

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Testimony of Healing
In loving gratitude to God for Christian Science I send...
December 19, 1903

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