A testimony is an open attestation of some experience

A testimony is an open attestation of some experience. Locke says, "The difficulty is, when testimonies contradict common experience." Now it may not be a common or every-day experience for middle-aged mortals to be thrown, by the bolting of a frightened horse, from a carriage and dragged for some distance, or to fall down the entire length of a flight of cellar stairs with hands heavily loaded, and in both instances recover in a short time from bruise and shock without a doctor, medicine, or any material remedy whatsoever; and yet it is because of the "difficulty" mentioned above that I beg space in this valuable paper to tell those who may be interested to know, that it was through the knowledge of God as learned in Christian Science that the "difficulty" disappeared and the true Bible healing occurred.

One accident happened on the aviation field. Much tooting of horns and applause frightened an otherwise gentle horse, and as it gave a leap forward I was unseated, and thrown out and dragged. My first recollection was of declaring the truth mentally, and then audibly to the friends who assisted me up and back into the carriage. During the ride home I was very quiet, as I knew that I needed to work hard to keep mortal sense at bay and to know only the truth of being. All through the night, however, when sleep seemed to dull somewhat the ability to think true thoughts, the mortal sense of bruise and injury grew worse and worse, until in the morning, when I attempted to go about, error indeed screamed loudly. The right knee and thigh refused to do my bidding, and it was only by catching hold of objects that I could move from place to place at all. So matters rested until the family had all left the house, then according to custom I took up the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" to go over the daily Lesson.

A "key" indeed has this text-book proved itself to be, unlocking the treasures of the Bible and revealing the truth which is from the beginning and shall be without end. On this particular occasion, however, only the Bible was used. As I read on and on, losing all thought of time and self, the moments grew into hours, so absorbed was I; and when at last the beautiful words in the fourteenth verse of the ninety-first Psalm arose before my vision, "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him," I closed the book and knew that I was healed. Oh, the blessedness of knowing! How did I know? It was because then the Spirit did "quicken" me according to Jesus' words, and I perceived that "the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit" that it is God indeed who heals all our diseases. Thus was my cure effected through the higher understanding of the inspired words of the Book of books, and spiritual healing was externalized when I arose "in the strength of Spirit" (Science and Health, p. 393) to find every vestige of pain and lameness gone. Joyously I walked around and around the rooms on the upper floor, even descending the stairs, to find the ill condition nowhere. It had vanished into its native nothingness. The Christ-healing was accomplished.

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Testimony of Healing
While serving in the English army I lost the sight of my...
December 16, 1911

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