This is to testify that after twenty-six years of suffering...

This is to testify that after twenty-six years of suffering I am completely healed of bronchial and asthmatic trouble, as well as of other complications, by the understanding of the Principle of Christian Science. On the 24th of October, 1907, I was passing the Christian Science Reading Room in Johannesburg and I craved permission to rest, as I was then having a dreadful attack. While I was resting there some new thoughts came to me, especially when one or two people spoke to me of mortal mind, and when a gentleman mentioned that his son had been completely healed of asthmatic trouble, I wondered what it all meant.

I was then a member of a church of which I can only speak with reverence and love, but this did not help me in my bodily distress. Doctors and nurses many, some of them personal friends, had done all that mortal men could do. What more did life hold for me? A failure in all things, I was stopping at the home for incurables at Fordsburg. On my return the superintendent of the home sent for a doctor, who treated me kindly, but I took only one dose of his medicine. I had a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" and a bottle of poison. I intended it to be "kill or cure;" no more was I going to be a trouble to the general public as a pauper patient. It was on Friday that I read these words, "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings" (Science and Health, Pref., p. vii.). I felt in a degree that I was healed. A friend was giving me absent treatment, and every afternoon I struggled to get to the Reading Room. A week later a very severe attack came on. The men in the home were terrified, but I held to it that God is Love, and although the attack seemingly increased in severity, I still held that God is Love. Toward midnight I grew calm; the strain had left me, and a friend who was with me thought I had passed on; but all was well.

To our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, may be applied the words of blessing bestowed on Peter by the Master, "Blessed art thou, ... for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." Although I had been a Bible student previous to this, it never had helped me, but I have learned through Christian Science that we can "live in the Spirit," and prove the power of Truth not merely as an opinion to be held. The God whom I now serve is the God of whom Christ Jesus spoke in these words: "God is not the God of the dead, but of the living;" and like the writer of the Pauline letters, I mean to "prove all things" and "hold fast that which is good." I am completely healed, having given myself a rare personal treat in going out in all sorts of weather, combined with the doing of heavy manual work.

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Testimony of Healing
With a heart overflowing with love and gratitude, I desire...
September 12, 1908

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