Nineteen years ago I was a chronic invalid

Nineteen years ago I was a chronic invalid. The physicians said my case was an unusual one; they did not seem to understand it at all. It was laid before the Medical Board at Kansas City, and only one physician knew of a similar case. Every function and organ of the body seemed to be involved, and though all known remedies had been tried, all had failed. I then refused to be tortured any longer; I gave up my drugs and turned with my whole heart to God. On bended knees I promised Him that if He would only send some one that could heal me, I would devote the rest of my life to His service. A short time after this a lady gave me an article on Christian Science, and it proved to be my "straw." I grasped it at once, and made my arrangements to go to Kansas City to see a practitioner. I told her I had come to be healed, and I thought God had sent me to her. She asked no questions, and I told her nothing about myself, as I was so tired of talking about sickness. After three days' treatment I bought a copy of Science and Health and began to read and ponder with wonder over its strange language. Oh, how I wished I could prove it all to be true, that I could get something that would give me peace and rest.

At the end of three weeks' treatment I was indeed a "new creature;" "old things" had passed away. I believed this to be the truth, and I wanted to know it. I went home to tell the good news to others; to try to prove that I did have something which the world could not give or take away. As this wonderful Word began to light up the dark places in my thought my delight knew no bounds; I had prayed so many times that the Christ would not come to me "as a thief in the night," for I felt that this would be able to greatest calamity that could happen to me,—not to be able to recognize our Redeemer when He came. I have been able to prove to family and friends that Christian Science does heal the sick and reform the sinner. I was the first person in the city of Liberty, Clay County, Mo., to take treatment in Christian Science, and it attracted a good deal of attention. Our family physician thought it impossible for me to be really cured, and said I would soon collapse, and could never rise again, but I soon learned that the belief in human bondage must be cast out. Our dear Leader has shown us how to do this, and that each one must learn to do his own work, for God works with us, and the sooner we begin our work the better.

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