The testimonies in the Sentinel and Journal have been...

The testimonies in the Sentinel and Journal have been such a great help and encouragement to me in my struggle out of material bondage into "the glorious liberty of the children of God," that I wish to express in this way my gratitude for Christian Science. It has brought to me many blessings, and I desire to attest to the healing power of Truth. In the fall of 1909 my little boy, while playing at the home of a friend, met with a serious accident. He dropped a lighted match into a can of powder, which caused an explosion. Not only was his face badly burned, but the eyelashes and eyebrows were completely burned away and he could not see at all, while the suffering was intense. I immediately took him to a Christian Science friend, and I cannot express the relief and thankfulness which I felt when in about an hour from the time of the accident the little fellow was sleeping peacefully, and never from then to the present time has he experienced any pain. His eyes are clear, bright, and perfect, while his face has no mark or scar as a result of the experience. In all kinds of weather the boy played indoors or out, and was so unconscious of pain or discomfort that he wished to go to school the next day.

This was proof to me that we must keep close to spiritual reality, no matter what may be the mortal evidence. While my heart was filled with gratitude and I thanked God that through Christian Science my boy's sight was restored, I did not then know the belief regarding the danger of inhaling the flame and that I owed to Christian Science a deep debt for the saving of the child's life. A few weeks after this experience I read in the Journal of September, 1898, a testimony of a case similar to that of my boy, but in this case because of the father's disbelief in Christian Science a physician was called. The testimony states that after four days of intense suffering the physician said that the boy might lose his sight and advised the parents to take him to a hospital. Instead of doing so word was sent to a Christian Scientist. The message reached her in the afternoon, and the next morning the boy opened his eyes, the first time since they were hurt. Upon reading this a deep sense of gratitude and thanksgiving came to me for the wonderful healing which had come to my little boy, and that I had been spared so much in "trusting Truth, the strong deliverer" (Science and Health, p. 226). It was also proven to me that God is a very present help in time of trouble, for there was no medical assistance to be obtained at that time, had I so desired, as there were only two physicians in our small town, one of whom was absent and the other physically unable to answer any call.

Words are inadequate to express my gratitude, and only in living the truth can I pay my debt to God for Christian Science. My one desire is to know more of this blessed truth which makes us free, and to rise each day in the service of Truth and Love.

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Testimony of Healing
I feel impelled to write to the Sentinel, stating the great...
March 30, 1912

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