The Withholding of Testimony

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.— Paul.

How tardily is the testimony given in some cases, for the help received in Christian Science; for freedom from the sense of physical suffering; from the cares and anxieties of commercial, competitive strife; from doubt and despondency; from the sin of temper unguarded and unrestrained; and yet all these and many more have been overcome in our own experience, and that of many others, but we hesitate and delay the giving of our testimony, because we fear that our experience is too small to give, or our manner of telling it too uninteresting to convince another. We have often gone to the testimony meetings with heart seemingly full to overflowing, and with an intention to offer a cup of cold water to any thirsty one longing for the freedom which had come to us, but we remained silent, listening to the loving expressions of gratitude for just such benefits as we ourselves had received; excusing ourselves because they had said what we wished to say, only in a better way; counting it sufficient that another had given drink to the thirsty, and that the need for our own offering had not come.

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July 8, 1905

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