A statement of what Christian Science has done for me in . . .

A statement of what Christian Science has done for me in the last four years would fill a volume, but I would like to give an experience in an accident which occurred to me. I was working in my orchard and wished to cut off a very hard limb from a tree. A neighbor was helping me, and I took a very sharp, heavy axe and thought I could do the work with one blow. As the axe ascended it caught on a twig, which turned it slightly, and as it came down the blow was fierce and the full width of the blade hit me on the knee. The wound was not so deep as it would have been had not the bone stopped the force of the axe. I started for the house, but I must confess I never walked on a carpet of so many colors. As I reached it I was soon myself again, and the pain was much less. The neighbor who was helping me was very anxious to call a doctor, but I told him I did not need one. I consented to have some surgeon's plaster to hold the wound together, and while he was gone I used a common needle and thread and took four stitches to hold it together, as the cut was of such a nature that it made a very ugly looking wound. Toward evening I seemed to be in some pain and it was thought best to have help from a practitioner. Word was sent and I retired as usual, but was rather uncomfortable until about eleven o'clock, then peace came to me, and with it sleep. I awoke in the morning a new man; dressed and went to work as usual with very little inconvenience. As each day came I was able to work and no time was lost. The wound healed very rapidly and in three weeks I thought it entirely well. About the twenty-fourth day my knee seemed to be very stiff, with considerable pain and swelling, and the symptoms appeared to be much worse than before. I again sent for help, and it soon came. There had seemed to be much loss of joint water and in the old thought I would have looked for a stiff joint if not blood-poisoning. I give this testimony to show that God will heal a wounded limb as well as bind up the broken-hearted.

I wish to thank Mrs. Eddy for giving us this glorious truth that makes us every whit whole, and which is for all who are willing to give up self and follow the teachings of the Master.—Jerome H. Brown, Chelmsford, Mass.


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March 3, 1906

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