For many years I had been a great sufferer from sciatic...

For many years I had been a great sufferer from sciatic rheumatism, being perfectly helpless at times. About six years ago I had an unusually obstinate attack, when my physician, a good Christian man, said he could do nothing more for me except to deaden the pain with morphine. I then turned to other remedies, but they did me no good, so I gave up all hope of ever being anything but an invalid,—a drag upon my dear boys, who after working hard all day would divide the night watches, as I felt I could not be alone. About this time a dear old friend, past seventy years of age, came to see me. She had been healed in Christian Science, and advised me to try it. That same evening I was helped into the buggy and drove three miles over very rough prairie to see a practitioner, to whom I told my errand, saying I had no faith but I would try it, and I hoped she could cure me. Her reply.—"I cannot cure you, it is God who heals,"—rather vexed me, as I had thought myself a Christian for many years and had prayed earnestly to be healed, without having had my prayers answered, when like a flash came the thought. You did not trust God to heal you, for while you were humbly asking health you held the bottle ready to take another portion of medicine. How blind we are!

Suffice it to say I left that house, after the one treatment, able to walk without the cane and crutch I had used to get to the door from the buggy, and after four weeks' treatment, nearly all of which was absent, I was perfectly healed and have remained so. I began immediately to study Science and Health and have found in it the truth as taught by Christ Jesus. I have had many beautiful demonstrations in these six years; one last winter which I consider very remarkable. While fixing a window one day the sash fell on the little finger of the right hand, injuring the bone at the middle joint. I declared the truth immediately, though the pain seemed intense, and in a short time all pain ceased. The finger healed in a very short time, without enlargement of the joint, or stiffness.

I am striving each day to learn more of this blessed truth. We are many miles from other Scientists, and I have only been able to attend meetings twice, but now, as the members of my family are becoming interested in Science, I hope to go often to the nearest church, a drive of eleven miles over rough bleak prairie. What a feast it will be, how I look forward to it.

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Perpetual Christmas
February 17, 1906

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