It is with a deep sense of gratitude for encouragement...

It is with a deep sense of gratitude for encouragement and help received through the testimonials in our periodicals, that I write my own, in the desire to help some other sufferer as I have been helped. I was a member of a family in which lung trouble had claimed several, and fear of it took deep hold upon me. When quite young I sought relief in the climate of Florida, where through hard work and the exposures of a pioneer life I contracted malaria, which in spite of all that the physicians could do for me retained its grip for a number of years. A large part of that time I had chills with a regularity and rigor which was very discouraging. Finally, when I had been reduced to nervous collapse, we sought a northern climate, on recommendation of a physician, and I obtained a position which enabled me to travel. I hoped to regain health through constant change, but acute lung trouble and constant colds seemed to more than offset all hoped-for gain, either in health or financially.

Christian Science had been brought to our notice a number of times, but on account of prejudice it had always been rejected. I thought it might be good for others, but it could never reach my case. Finally, when my wife was so ill that we despaired of her ever recovering her health, a lady loaned us a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and I believe the first line of the Preface, "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite today is big with blessings," roused us out of our sense of hopelessness; and the chapter on Prayer fully convinced us that we had found what we had always been looking for, namely, the truth that makes free. We then hunted up a practitioner and my wife took treatment for two weeks, with the result that she was so benefited that she advised me to try it. I did so, and after three treatments we gave up our varied assortment of medicine and medical appliances with a joyful sense of deliverance from bondage.

December 21, 1912

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