During many years of earnest seeking for spiritual enlightenment...

During many years of earnest seeking for spiritual enlightenment I went to many churches and wandered through the mazes of many beliefs, the last and most disastrous being "mental science," which proved a broken reed in time of trial and left me "without hope and without God in the world." This teaching took from me love of church, and destroyed all faith in drugs, but gave me nothing in return to sustain me in a very serious illness of an internal nature, which lasted three years. Through much suffering I was impelled to seek help from some of our best specialists and surgeons, but in spite of their faithful efforts, including a most serious operation at the hospital (which afforded only temporary relief), I gradually grew worse. I was never free from pain, nor able to walk without intense suffering, and much of this time was confined to my bed. Finally, the fear of a second similar operation made me ready to try anything that would save me from the repetition of such a trying ordeal. During the two years and a half of chronic invalidism, extreme nervous and mental disturbances, also sleeplessness, had one after the other been added to my list of ailments, and these last seemed harder to bear than the former troubles.

About this time I heard of a lady who had gradually regained her health by attending the Christian Science church. This gave me a little hope, and I resolved to go to that church as soon as I was able, and see what it would do for me. I did try to go, but Sunday after Sunday went by, finding me quite unable to bear the weight of street clothing or even to walk a short distance to the street car. Thus six months passed, and then one day, in desperation, I decided that I would go the next Sunday, if I had to crawl on my hands and knees to get there. The next Sunday, although in extreme pain and with great difficulty, I found my way to The Mother Church. Strange as it may seem, I was not seeking physical healing, but desired above everything else to get my thought changed from what seemed to me almost insanity, into a more cheerful mental state. I shall never forget "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding," that came over me as I sat there, for the first time, in that atmosphere of love, and drank in the spiritual draughts of which our Master spoke to the woman at the well: "Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst." I realized that I had at last found my church home. This was Oct. 18, 1903, and during this service, for the first time in three years, I lost all sense of pain, and as "the scientific statement of being" was read (Science and Health, p. 468), I realized the spiritual uplifting which made me free mentally, but I did not then know that I was also healed physically of these chronic difficulties, until I found myself doing, with perfect ease, the things which had been impossible to me during those weary years of illness.

A few days afterwards I walked three miles without stopping, and I have never known any difficulty in walking since that time. I was also healed at this service of chronic throat trouble, being able to sing the last hymn in my natural voice. Stomach and bowel trouble, from which I had suffered for many years, was healed in about ten days by reading Science and Health and the Sentinel; but the belief in diseased nerves, which so many people think is the only thing that can be helped by Christian Science, did not wholly yield for several months. My whole outlay for this healing was the cost of the text-book,—"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and my car fares to and from The Mother Church. Not one penny has been paid out for myself or my little girl for doctors or medicines since that time, and we have both found God to be an ever-present help in time of need. Previous to this healing my husband had paid out in one year more than five hundred dollars for doctors and surgeons, bringing no permanent benefit.

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Testimony of Healing
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August 17, 1907

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