[Translated from the German.]

Some three years ago, at the time when my attention was...

Some three years ago, at the time when my attention was called to Christian Science, I was suffering from the after effects of a painful operation for gall-stone. Assurance had been given me that I would be freed thereby of distressing paroxysms, and I submitted to the operation with no little trust. The opposite effect was the result, however, for I was left with a fistula which caused exactly the same suffering, and the discharge from it necessitated my wearing a bandage constantly. My condition grew worse as time went on and seemed unbearable to me.

When Christian Science found me, I asked for treatment with a sense of new courage. I was comforted and assisted with loving patience, and helped myself as best I could, although the struggle went on for two years, and it seemed as if in the end all the work in my behalf would prove a failure. Then, when I had almost made up my mind, upon medical advice, to prepare a second time for the operating table, a small ray of divine light dawned upon my thought, treatment in Christian Science having been resumed. It then took but a short time for the old wound to close, and I was freed! The words of the psalmist best express my thought: "Bless the Lord, O my soul: . . . who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies."

June 14, 1913

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