While serving in the English army I lost the sight of my...

While serving in the English army I lost the sight of my right eye. Receiving my discharge a few months later, I came to this country and then went to a hospital in the East for treatment for both eyes, as the left was greatly inflamed and the lids affected. Not receiving any relief, I was advised to try a noted specialist, which I did, and for the next fifteen years I was continually going from one specialist to another, seeking help. About seven years of that period I could not go where there was a strong light, so in the evenings I lived in darkened rooms, and in the daytime I could not go out in the sunlight without wearing smoked glasses. The suffering I endured was almost unbearable, and I was continually praying for help,—relief, or even death to end the agony. Receiving no answer to my prayers, I felt I was getting farther and farther away from God, becoming almost an agnostic. I never went to church during that period, and my Bible was never opened. In fact, the only reading I ever did at that time was to glance at the head-lines of newspapers. The last specialist I was with, after a year's treatment succeeded in slightly restoring the sight of the eye, and by the use of strong lenses I was enabled to read for short periods only, but even that would result in great distress.

Since coming to Christian Science, I had succeeded in working out several problems in the past few years, by reading "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," so about eighteen months ago I decided with the slight understanding which I had of Christian Science to try to work out the problem of my eyes. I realized that it was as easy for God to heal my eyes as it was for Him to have healed my headaches and other minor troubles; so, continually holding to the thought of man as God's perfect child, and that in Him was my sight, I was enabled in about three months to lay aside the glasses which I had continuously worn for over twenty-five years, and I can truthfully say that I can see today better than I ever could in my life before. The working out of these problems in Christian Science has given me a knowledge of the Bible such as I never possessed before, and the physical healing cannot be compared with the spiritual quickening which I have received and which points to the regeneration of all mankind.

I write this testimony with the feeling of deepest gratitude to God, and to our revered Leader, Mrs. Eddy, for bringing to poor suffering humanity this demonstrable truth which is a panacea for all ills. It is also written with the hope that some despondent one may realize, as I did, that "divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" (Science and Health, p. 494).

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December 16, 1911

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