It is ever an occasion for profound gratitude that we can...

It is ever an occasion for profound gratitude that we can testify to the fact that Christian Science has been at one time or another a help and joy to us; and the deeper we penetrate into its teaching, the more sincerely we try to apply what we have learned, the more numerous become the proofs that its promises do not fail. Often the help we have received is, however, of such a nature that we cannot or even will not relate it publicly, as it touches the most intimate relations in our lives; and yet this very kind of help is often the most valuable, for sorrow and despair or a broken heart are often far more difficult to endure than any physical disease.

There is so very much that I have to give thanks for, but only one thing would I here relate, although this may not perhaps be called a marvelous demonstration. In the middle of November, 1910, I one day slipped and fell. From the position of my foot it was clear to me that the condition was serious, though there was no pain, and I allowed myself to be carried back into the store while a surgeon was summoned. While waiting for him the pain started, but I tried to apply what I knew of Christian Science, with the consequence that the pain after a short while totally disappeared. The surgeon, upon his arrival having stated that there was a breakage, advised me to seek assistance at a hospital, and to have the limb examined by the X-ray. I was then taken to the hospital, but I was constantly endeavoring to fill my consciousness with the comforting thoughts of Science. The X-ray photo proved that both bones were broken, and the physician insisted that the limb be put in a plaster cast. Uncertain and wavering as I was, and am still when the physical sense seem to testify to danger, I permitted the physician to do as he wished. Upon my arrival home, however, I called one of my Christian Science friends, and asked for help, while I myself kept on reading Mrs. Eddy's writings most of the day.

After about a week I was able to walk about in my house, the plaster cast still on; but the half-way position I was maintaining annoyed me beyond description. After another couple of days I could not endure the cast, which only became a hindrance to my unreserved trust in the omnipotence and love of God. I therefore sent for the surgeon and asked him to remove the cast. He then offered to apply a less heavy bandage, and most positively discouraged the thought of my doing without any appliance, but he finally had to yield to my wish, and left the limb free. This done, I was seized with a fear more intense than I had before known. In the night there was very great pain, mortal sense trying to convince me that this trust in God was foolishness, for which I was now to be punished. This night was for me a hard fight, but I finally gained peace, and the pain left at the same time. The next day, however, I dared not step on the foot at all, but on the following day all fear was gone; the reading from Science and Health gave me courage and strength, and I walked across the floor without any material support, but I was clinging to God, the only real support. This was on the fifteenth day after the fall. Two days later I walked in the street, and I could from that day walk better and better without the use of a cane. Though my step was uncertain and uneven for a long time, friends and acquaintances marveled at my quick recovery, and if it had not been for the X-ray photo they would probably have claimed that the injury had never taken place.

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Testimony of Healing
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December 30, 1911

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