It is my hope that this testimony may reach some one...

It is my hope that this testimony may reach some one who is standing where I once stood. Some two years ago, after giving Christian Science what I considered a fair trial, by paying for a practitioner's services, purchasing some books, and going to church, I came to see that it requires something more than that. I failed to get the results which others claimed to have had, although unconsciously I was being healed in other ways which were far greater than physical healing, yet I was half discouraged and on the verge of turning back, thinking I would not get the desired results, when at this point a dear Scientist offered me this helpful parable: "There was a big tree which held the thought, 'I am so powerful that nothing can cause my downfall.' One day, a wood-chopper, who knew from experience that he could fell the tree, undertook to cut it down, but as the tree was of immense size it took some time to do the work. It happened that a little boy who had been watching the slow progress remarked, 'You have been chopping nearly two days trying to get this tree down, and it's just as straight as ever.' 'You are right, little one,' said the man, 'but I know that if I keep on chopping it will come down sooner or later.' Just then he gave one more blow with his ax, and down came the tree."

This little story helped me greatly, for it brought to me the thought that disease and sin were as the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil," spoken of in the Bible as the one to beware of, and this is the tree which we are trying to destroy. The understanding of the truth was the ax, and I was the ignorant, doubting child; but now I know that Christian Science does heal, for I, like many others, have had it proven to me, and if one understands the Principle he can prove it for himself.

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