Although the blessings which Christian Science brings to...

Although the blessings which Christian Science brings to us are manifold, we always remember with an especial sense of gratitude our first healing in the truth. I did not come into this Science for physical healing, but because I recognized that it was the religion of Christ Jesus. Nevertheless, I have every reason to remember my first experience of healing. Several years ago there was an epidemic of diphtheria in this city. Four members of my family, including myself, came down with it. Coming home one afternoon from a card party, I arrived just in time to see my brother carried out to the ambulance. The next noon I followed him. I spent three weeks under the most heroic medical treatment, returning home almost in a state of nervous collapse. Not a great while after that another epidemic of diphtheria appeared, which was considered a much more serous one. Again the unmistakable symptoms began to manifest themselves upon me, and they developed rapidly. This time, however, instead of sending for a doctor and an ambulance, I went to bed and had a Christian Science practitioner notified. This was at eight o'clock in the evening. I went directly to sleep and slept until half past ten. When I awoke I was healed completely, with the exception of a slight throat discomfort, which passed off two days later. The treatment had been absent. Thanks to the wonderful and ever-present power of divine Love, revealed to this age through Mrs. Eddy's understanding, I was saved in less than three hours from one of the most painful and dangerous diseases in the category of human ills. It was my first call upon God for physical healing, and I found that he is indeed ever-present in time of trouble. When I compare these two experiences, my sense of thankfulness for Christian Science beggars all speech. This truth has given me spiritual peace, saved me from physical disease, brought me contentment of mind. I know that if I am obedient to its teachings, God will protect and direct me in all my ways. We can give adequate thanks for the truth only by living it as well as professing it.

Winifred Lee Wendell, Detroit, Mich.

October 7, 1905
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