During seven years of my early married life I endured...

During seven years of my early married life I endured many ills of the flesh and "suffered many things of many physicians." I was afflicted with a chronic liver trouble, and with indigestion so acute that I ate no solid food for four years without a penalty of extra suffering. In addition, there were complications of female trouble requiring the aid of surgery, and an operation was performed. This combination of ailments reduced me to a state of complete invalidism. Four physicians, among the best and most competent in the city, had been in attendance upon me, sometimes singly and sometimes in consultation. They at last pronounced my condition hopeless: they told my husband they had exhausted their skill, that it was useless to give me medicine as the system had ceased to respond and the vital forces were too exhausted to build on. The final hope held out to me was another surgical operation. In reply to my asking for an opinion as to its result, they said, "It will perhaps make you more comfortable, and it is all we can do for you." I refused to go to the infirmary on this slim chance of relief. These doctors were most kind in their treatment of me and I was grateful to them for their interest, but I felt a great thrill of in dignation that they had put a limit on my life, and had said that I must be resigned to die. I rebelled at this verdict, for I felt that they were usurping the power of omnipotence in this decree of death for me and orphanage for my little ones, and I refused to accept it. I blindly believed that there is a God of Love who does not willingly afflict the children of men, and who could save me, and I prayed constantly for three months that He would lead me to the physician who had the skill to cure me. I still leaned on an arm of flesh, and thought a doctor must be the agent for my deliverance. I do not now recall the cost of my long illness; but I know that it took almost all our living, even when the doctors made reductions in charges, in view of the chronic conditions. The drug bills alone were always more than those of the grocer.

About this time I heard that a Christian Scientist was in the city, and was told of some wonderful cures. Though I knew nothing about the subject (sixteen years ago Christian Science was almost unknown in this city), I sent for him to come to see me. I asked him, "How do you cure people?" He replied, "By following as nearly as we can in the footsteps of Jesus and doing the works he commanded us to do." The answer convinced me that this was really the way that God heals our diseases, and I asked for immediate treatment, with the result that wheras my husband had left me in the morning a helpless invalid, he returned at night to find me dressed and ready to preside at the supper table. He exclaimed, "What miracle is this?" and learning of my treatment in Christian Science said, "Though it seems impossible, I must believe the evidence of my eyesight." We both began the investigation of Christian Science and accepted its teaching. We have raised our children, all adults now, in Christian Science, and my household has been united in the faith since my healing sixteen years ago. I have been able to do my household work with ease and have suffered no ailments that have not readily yielded to Christian Science. My heart is always full of unspeakable gratitude to God, and to Mrs. Eddy for the revelation of Christian Science. I know that through it the Comforter promised aforetime has come to relieve a suffering world.

Mrs. Maggie Cox, Memphis, Tenn.

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Testimony of Healing
I was brought up in an orthodox church, but the time...
May 19, 1906

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