It is with overflowing gratitude to the giver of every...

It is with overflowing gratitude to the giver of every good and perfect gift that I send this long-delayed acknowledgment of what Truth has done for me. Nearly twenty-one years ago I first heard of Christian Science, and was helped out of a long period of invalidism that had blighted my girlhood. The practitioner was far away, and treatment was given without my knowledge, but chills ceased which physicians had pronounced chronic; other serious ailments were relieved so that I was able to resume school work and do four years' work in three, after being out of school for several years. For three years I was loyal to Christian Science, though I hardly understood its rudiments, but I was practically alone in the thought and did not know how to meet the bitter opposition it engendered. I finally determined that it was too sacred to trifle with, and if I could not be true to its teaching I would give it up. I did so, and the years that followed were full of sorrows and mistakes.

Finally the stone was again rolled away, and Christian Science came to me like an angel, offering me a resurrection from the doom of a life of helplessness and dependence on others. My recovery was very slow, and I had treatment for months. It seemed hard for me to grasp the truth and learn to apply it. I think, however, that I have greater patience with others than I would have had if my own healing had been less prolonged. I feel now that I must give as freely as I have received. Sometimes ailments present themselves, but I am able to help myself and feel the joy of strength renewed and abundant life; mental work is easier, and the absolute knowledge that in Truth "there is no death, no inaction, diseased action, overaction, nor reaction" (Science and Health, p. 428), makes it possible to work more quickly and effectually.

Among the many serious troubles healed were sunstroke and prostration, also eye trouble for which oculists said I must always wear glasses. I hardly knew when I quit using them, but soon after I began treatment I laid them aside, although several times, when it seemed unavoidable, I sewed all night.

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Testimony of Healing
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