A little over three years ago a dear gray-haired lady...

A little over three years ago a dear gray-haired lady invited me to the Wednesday evening meeting of a small Christian Science society. I had for years been a victim of stomach and nervous troubles, also of sleeplessness, and I was miserable in body and stunned by a sudden turn in my affairs, as I had just suffered the loss of the mother of my two boys. I had been a successful business man for a number of years, but how had this success come about? By blind will-power and by rudely riding over everybody and everything that came in my way. I had grown morose and disagreeable to a degree that meant unhappiness for myself and others. There was no God in my thoughts except my own will. Mere words cannot describe my mental condition at the time when I attended this testimonial meeting. Surely it was "man's extremity," and now as I look back on it I see that this was indeed "God's opportunity."

For the first time in my life, the divine influence made a lasting impress on my thought, and I began to feel the impulse for better things, for the "deep things of God." A few days after this meeting I visited a practitioner, and this visit marked the beginning of my thirst for good. The stomach trouble left after a very few treatments, and I ate what and when I pleased. The sleeplessness began to give way to natural rest and sleep at the proper times. I literally devoured my copy of Science and Health; and gradually the Bible was opened up to me. From the first I studied the Lesson-Sermons. Faithful and wise Leader! How wonderfully every avenue of supply has been provided to meet our human need of means through which to understand the truth.

I am gradually learning what Jesus meant when he said, "Thy will, not mine, be done." In the past three years I have had many proofs that our God is "a God at hand, and not a God afar off." Christian Science is all in all to my boys and myself, not alone in my household but also in my business. That awful combination, worry and fear, has been displaced, and hope and confidence in God have come. We have had many healings from colds, asthma, bruises, etc., through our understanding of the truth as taught us in Christian Science. Some—yes, all—have been wonderful, and it has been my joy to tell of many of these at our Wednesday evening meetings.

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Testimony of Healing
I owe such a depth of gratitude for Christian Science,...
February 4, 1911

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