Christian Science has been to me "good tidings of good,"...

Christian Science has been to me "good tidings of good," and it has made me absolutely well. From early years I was never strong, and under the weight of close study, both in high school and in college, I suffered from repeated illnesses, so that for eight or ten years I was almost continually under the care of physicians, being now sick and again well. About five years ago, after another year of semiinvalidism, I underwent an operation; but instead of improved health I daily grew weaker, and the doctor told my people that there seemed little hope for me. At that time I was largely confined to my chair, through lack of strength. Meeting a lady who had been wonderfully healed through Christian Science, she spoke to me of it and loaned me a copy of Science and Health, telling me to read the "scientific statement of being" (p. 468). I read as she directed, and must have received instantaneous healing, for I found myself well and strong almost immediately; but not then understanding the Principle that heals, in fact not really knowing that God, Truth, had healed me, I gave up reading Science and health after a few months, returning to the orthodox belief of former years, though I had never known such excellent health as during those few months.

The result which soon followed was a return, worse than before, to my former sicknesses. In the midst of heavy teaching classes, I suffered from a complete collapse. Severe weakness in heart conditions came on, so that in a few weeks I was worse than formerly. Getting little relief, I went to a lower altitude, but returned no better. My stomach had troubled me for years, and now I was on a strict diet that availed little. It was almost a year that I had again been continually sick, when I was attacked with a severe case of rheumatism. When I had come out of this so that I could sit up a little, I began to see the nothingness of matter as my help. During the long hours of intense suffering I rebelled against the God I had tried to serve so faithfully for so many years, and I began to know that I must seek a new faith or a new understanding. I realize now that I needed both the new-old faith and the new understanding.

May 13, 1911
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