No one can better testify to the verity of our Master's...

No one can better testify to the verity of our Master's statement, that the knowing of the truth makes us free, than myself, since all that I have to enjoy today I owe to the truth pointed out in this age by our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Nearly half of my life was spent as an invalid, during which time I had been treated by seven different physicians and had been under the surgeon's knife twice, once for what was termed four major operations in one, when I was brought very near the experience we call death. I spent many months in bed, and at times was a helpless and by some considered a hopeless invalid. Twice during these years Christian Science knocked at my door, but each time I refused it admittance. The ground was still unbroken,—the soil was not ready for the seed of Truth. When I did finally accept Christian Science, it was after two years of intense suffering,—at the time I had the two operations.

During my younger days I believed that I had great faith in God, and during those years of invalidism I prayed continually to God to restore me to health; and because my prayer was not answered in the manner in which I looked for the answer to come, namely, through material means, I lost faith in the God whom I had trusted as a loving heavenly Father, since, as I believed, He was afflicting me with such suffering and punishment as no human father would inflict upon his children. I became bitter in my thought toward God, thinking Him a cruel master. After that my prayer was changed to an earnest entreaty to God to take me out of this world of sorrow, since I believed death to be the only avenue through which I might be relieved of all suffering. This time my prayer was answered,—not as I longed for, but in a diviner way. As a messenger in the night came the "still small voice" which said to me, "No, you cannot go now; you have a work here to perform." Then my prayer was that God would send me light, more light—only show me the way; and as naturally as the daylight follows the dawn, I was led to Christian Science.

I was then ready for the truth,—hungry for some crumb of comfort from the Master's table,—and I eagerly read the literature given me by a friend, and soon began to attend the little service then being held in our town. I bought a copy of Science and Health and began to read it. I was eager for the spiritual light which I gleaned from its pages, but I did not believe in the healing efficacy of Christian Science. It was, however, the spiritual truth that I sought, and so, as naturally as the dead leaves fall from the decaying tree, my various ills began to drop away. When I began to read Science and Health I was a physical and nervous wreck, according to moral thought; I was living partly on drugs, and partly starving myself, since I had the belief that most articles of food were my worst enemies, causing me great suffering.

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Testimony of Healing
I wish to express my gratitude for Christian Science...
July 23, 1910

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