At Christmas time I behold, though but dimly, the illumination...

At Christmas time I behold, though but dimly, the illumination which comes to all true followers of our beloved Leader, who has given us, through her untiring labor and boundless love, our text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." For these blessings I thank God, and for Christian Science, which shows us the living Christ, the light of Truth which shines into our hearts and homes, changing our whole lives from chaos and darkness into harmony and understanding. My heart is so filled with love and gratitude for the great blessings which have come to me and mine during the last three years, that I cannot let this season pass without making a public acknowledgment of them.

When a child, eighteen years ago, I had a fever which left me with a complication of ills, my heart troubling me the most. About eight years ago this had reached the point where I was taking very strong drugs and other stimulants constantly with no benefit. This ailment was believed to be inherited as my mother and other near relatives had died from it. Two years later I had reached such a condition that the doctors feared for my life. I suffered greatly, at times becoming unconscious, and nothing short of hypodermics would give me any relief. I also suffered greatly with my eyes; this condition becoming worse, until one of the specialists who had been treating them for nearly three years, said that the sight of one eye was nearly gone. I also suffered a great deal from a form of spinal trouble.

In this condition Christian Science was brought to my attention in a letter from a friend whom I had last seen in a state of almost hopeless invalidism, and who through Christian Science had been restored to health. A copy of Science and Health was soon loaned me, and that night as I began to read the chapter on Prayer I felt that I had found the truth; but when my husband came home and found me reading it, he became very angry, and I then put the book away. I however had a great longing to know this truth, for it seemed very beautiful to me, but I felt that this would not be for me, as my husband was then a druggist and had been for nearly twenty years.

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