On last Christmas day I had such a wonderful proof of...

On last Christmas day I had such a wonderful proof of God's great power, of His ever-present help to those who understand the truth, that since then I have desired that understanding and have prayed constantly that I might be guided into what was right for me to do. Prior to this time I had received many blessings from Christian Science through my mother's understanding, but I myself was not a Scientist and could not see why one should have to leave her own church in order to receive the benefits of the truth as taught by Christ Jesus. My mother has been a Scientist for several years, and each day we could see the good results of this religion, and at last I was awakened to the fact that it is not the form of religion which brings God's help to us, but that it is the casting aside of all materiality and seeking "first" of all "the kingdom of God, and his righteousness."

Our family had all looked forward to Christmas, for we expected our brothers and sister, who had been away all the year, to be at home again. On that morning we were a happy household and were anticipating a delightful day. My youngest brother had received a little steam-engine, and about noon, when he was trying to run it, there seemed to be something the matter. Two of my older brothers began to examine it, when suddenly one of them, who was leaning over it, was thrown backward on the floor. I heard a noise like an explosion, and hurried to my brother, who had risen from the floor. He had been severely scalded. and when I first looked at him a terrible fear came over me, but I did not think of getting material remedies,—my first thought was to get our mother. She had been sitting in the next room, had seen all, and while we were trying to aid our brother, she was seeking the spiritual help. We left him to her care, and then for the first time noticed that our other brother's face had also been burned, but in a very short time the truth had conquered and his face was all right.

It seemed now as if our plans for the day must be entirely changed, not only that our pleasures were to be spoiled, but it was hard to think of the suffering which must be endured from such severe scalding. In one half hour, however, our brother was entirely free from pain, and in less than an hour was getting ready to go with all of us to a family reunion. When ready to start we tied a handkerchief around his forehead, feeling that it would cause too much comment should his whole face be exposed. When we reached our aunt's house, after a twenty-minutes walk, his face was so improved that it was not necessary to cover it any longer. Different ones noticed that something had happened to his face, but did not think of it as anything serious. I, however, knew from former experiences how much we had suffered from scalds and how long it had taken for the injured places to heal. Since that first half hour my brother suffered no pain in his face and had no scars.

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Testimony of Healing
I have had such remarkable help in Christian Science...
October 13, 1906

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