I am sending a testimony of my healing in the hope...

I am sending a testimony of my healing in the hope that it may be of service to some one similarly afflicted. I contracted an illness about seventeen years ago, in the East Indies, which left me with varicose veins. About three years ago a relative died, supposedly from this same trouble, and my cousin seeing mine, advised me to have an operation. About a year later I consulted several doctors, and the verdict was to have the operation performed. At this time I was living with my cousin, and I argued the point with him. He said, "Nothing can be done, as the tissues are dead." Of course he excepted the customary operation, which meant being in a hospital for two or three weeks at least. Just at this time my mother asked me to go and see a well-known surgeon in London, and to oblige her I went. He advised me not to have the operation, but to wear an elastic stocking. I thought if it was only a question of guessing, I could guess as well as anybody; so I determined to leave the operation alone, for the present anyway.

Since coming into Christian Science I have on one occasion stood on my feet in one position for nearly four hours. Before coming into Science I used to suffer with a muscular trouble at night if I had been for a long cycle ride or had overexerted myself walking, etc. The last attack of this kind I had about a year ago, although on that day I had hardly moved out of the house. Last August I was up in northern Canada, and through being out in the bush we lost the last boat, which meant a walk at top speed of six miles over a bad trail of fallen timber, etc., to catch the last train home. We walked so fast that we had a few minutes to spare, and being very hot and dusty a plunge in the river close by, with the result that we missed our train. As we had an appointment that night, there was nothing to do but go on without anything to eat, over the railway ties and sandy soil; so we had a further walk of fourteen miles ahead of us. I have walked thousands of miles in my time, but this was the hardest twenty miles I have ever done; yet in spite of this hard physical exertion I had no cramp that night, nor since. As my last attack had occurred when I had taken no physical exercise, the evidence was pretty clear that the cause was mental and not physical. Mrs. Eddy says that mortals "hug false beliefs and suffer the delusive consequences" (Science and Health, p. 237). If it be true that as man "thinketh in his heart, so is he," he should strive to think with God.

H. Taylor-Stephens, Trawsmawr, Carmarthen, South Wales.

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Testimony of Healing
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April 18, 1908

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