I wish to pass along to others something of the light,...

I wish to pass along to others something of the light, strength, and radiance which Christian Science has given to me and mine. Twice it has raised me from what seemed certain death, the first time from what our family physician pronounced spinal meningitis, the last time from unconsciousness following an operation for gall-stones. The latter time the kind nurse knew of my faith in Christian Science, and when she thought I was gone beyond other help, she spoke in my ear, "You had better try your Science." I heard this, although I had been unconscious to all else, and this thought at once came to me, "Cling steadfastly to God and His idea" (Science and Health, p. 495). I held to this every moment that I was conscious, and then, as the nurse told me later, I passed into a natural sleep.

Almost all the ills of my life were attributed to defective eyes. Finally my case was pronounced hopeless, and I was cautioned to avoid all occasion for trouble, as an operation was the only resort, and that might cause just what they wished to avoid. While naturally of a cheerful disposition, the cutting off of all the desired occupations, together with the constant pain, made me decidedly gloomy. I knew what Christian Science could do, but the opposition of those very dear to me made me hesitate until an avalanche of troubles, physical and fiancial, forced me to do what I knew to be right, and the reward was very great. I was soon able to lay aside my dark glasses without discomfort, although the winter was unusually bright. In a short time the other special lenses followed, and I seldom even remember the old days and nights of nearly ceaseless pain.

My first vital experience with Christian Science is here recalled, which I think I should have mentioned before. I had been under great mental and physical strain, teaching a difficult school, nursing my mother through an attack of illness, and directing a large household, getting but little sleep, and paying but slight attention to my own meals. Not then understanding the protection and strength which come with loving deeds, a collapse came one morning with no warning. I fainted, and in falling received serious injuries. A time of severe suffering followed, with fainting spells at short intervals, and our old family physician, who was attending my mother, pronounced sentence upon me, though I knew his heart ached for us all.

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Testimony of Healing
Feeling convinced, as I do, that I owe to Christian Science...
January 6, 1912

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