As I have received so much benefit from the testimonies...

As I have received so much benefit from the testimonies in the Sentinel, I have often thought that the demonstration made in our family might help some mother with afflicted little ones. My little daughter, when about a year and a half old, fell from a chair on which she was standing, and received severe internal injuries. We called one of our best local physicians, a surgeon, and were told that she was then too young for an operation, but that it might be performed when she reached the age of twelve. We were also told that these injuries were liable to bring on consumption long before that time. In a year's time she began to have every symptom of going into a rapid decline. Her health and nerves were then in such a state as to require all my time and attention to care for her. We then took her to a specialist on the diseases of women and children, but were told the same as before, and although this doctor gave medicine to relieve, it did not do any good. After this we went to another eminent specialist who promised great results, but after a year's treatment the child was so reduced in strength and vitality that she could stand scarcely anything. The least exertion would bring on hemorrhage of the nose, so frequent and severe that I expected each time she would die. At such times, when I saw healthy children about me, I would say, "Oh, why did God send this great affliction upon us," and I was told that it was His will, and I ought not to murmur. This made me more rebellious and miserable than ever.

At this time a friend asked me to try Christian Science. I did not see what there could be in it to do us any good, but I was at the point where I would do anything, or try anything, and as I thought that no harm could come of it, I decided to give it a trial. I went to a Wednesday evening meeting and the testimonies were good, so the next morning I took the little girl and called on the practitioner whose address had been given me by this friend. After some talk with her she explained that God had not sent this affliction upon us, and she took up the case. She gave a treatment then, but as the child has always seemed to need medicinal injections, I said that I would have to give her medicine before coming again to-morrow. The practitioner told me the child would not need it. I thought she was mistaken, and that no one could know a child so well as her own mother; but, to my surprise, the little one seemed no worse without the medicine. We went again the next day for treatment, and I was advised to get Science and Health and read it, that it would help the child as well as myself, so on my way home I bought a copy and read it the rest of the day. The first two weeks we went almost every day for treatment, the next for weeks, twice a week, with absent treatment the days we did not go. In just six weeks the child was entirely healed and has remained so. She is now nine years old, attends public school regularly, and for the last two years has taken music lessons also.

It is now almost four years since any medicine has been given in our family. I can never thank Mrs. Eddy and the kind practitioner in words for what they have done. It is through them and their understanding of God that my daughter's life was spared. I am also thankful for my understanding of the love of God for all His children.

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Testimony of Healing
I gladly give a testimony of the healing of our only child...
January 21, 1905

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