In January, 1892, when living in Rochester, Vermont,...

In January, 1892, when living in Rochester, Vermont, I was taken with chills and fever, resulting in grip with many complications, one of which was pneumonia. A physician was called, as my people knew very little of Christian Science and supposed it could only be used in chronic cases. He was very kind in every respect, and with the counsel of other physicians did all that he could to relieve me, but instead of gaining I seemed to grow worse. I was told that ulcers had formed in my lungs, which caused much coughing; and my eyes were so seriously affected that I could not bear even a ray of light. I continued in this condition for some time, growing weaker and more emaciated day by day, until I could not move from one side of the bed to the other.

Finally a Christian Science practitioner was called. Like many others, I had previously ridiculed Science, not having an inkling of its worth, but at that time I was glad to accept it. I never should have accepted Christian Science if I had not been obliged to do so, although, as I afterwards learned, it satisfactorily answers the question which was oftenest in my thought and to which for many months I had sought an answer; namely, What and where is God? The practitioner came to me with such a loving and health-giving thought that I felt as though I wanted to walk in the footsteps indicated, though the way looked dark. My eyes were instantly healed, but the rest of the demonstration was slow, giving me an opportunity for much study. When I was able to walk down a gentle slope to the farm shop and weigh myself, I found that I weighed seventy-nine pounds, which was thirty-six pounds less than my usual weight. By the first of September I was able to return to my work as a student at the normal school, although it was winter before I felt that I was entirely healed. I was indeed grateful for the physical healing, but more grateful for the understanding of God and His Word which came to me through Christian Science.

Annie L. Messer, Randolph, Vt.

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Testimony of Healing
With a heart overflowing with gratitude to God, to the...
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