In August, 1903, I was taken suddenly ill with a trouble...

In August, 1903, I was taken suddenly ill with a trouble which several different physicians afterwards diagnosed as rheumatic and nervous trouble, originating with a stomach difficulty. For three years I suffered indescribably from pain and sleeplessness. I was able to eat very little., and lost during the three years sixty-five pounds of flesh. I was attended by six different physicians, but no one of them afforded me more than a slight degree of relief, and that only temporarily. Gradually I grew worse. The fifth physician that I employed treated me eight months, and then virtually gave up the case. He acknowledged that he had done me no good, and said that it was impossible that I would ever be well again, and doubtful if I would ever be any better. The last doctor who treated me was a specialist, and employed electricity. After a time he told a friend of mine that there was no use of treating me any longer, that I had not vitality enough to rally, and that I would not live long. In July, 1905, I called in a Christian Science practitioner, and in four weeks was made completely well. I am now in the sixty-seventh year of my age, but I feel actually as well and as strong as at any time in my life when I considered myself perfectly well. I have a vigorous appetite, sleep like a child, work all day long when occasion requires, walk five miles in a day without fatigue, and withal have a sense of peace and buoyancy of mind such as I had never known at any previous period of my life. I live alone, and there are many perplexing tangles in my worldly affairs which must be unraveled, but I feel that divine Love will show the way, and "none of these things move me," or disturb the "peace of God, which passeth all understanding," that is in the heart.

When my practitioner began to treat me, I was dwelling in a sense of weakness, pain, despondency, and foreboding, and it seemed to me that there could be nothing more for me in life, even if I were healed of my physical ails, but the practitioner smilingly said to me: "You probably will not believe me now, but you will shortly enjoy life as well as when you were a young woman." I was absolutely incredulous, yet in four weeks the prophecy was fulfilled, and more than fulfilled, because, in addition to being made perfectly well, I was brought to such a sense of God and His constant, loving care, that my happiness is such as I never even conceived of before. It is impossible for me to express my gratitude to "the giver of every good and perfect gift," and to the Soul-inspired woman through whom the healing truth has come to my fellow-men and to me.—Mrs. Joan E. Bowen, Fitchburg, Mass.

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Testimony of Healing
Four years ago I was healed by Christian Science of...
May 11, 1907

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