I can truly say, with the psalmist, "He sent his word, and...

I can truly say, with the psalmist, "He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions." Seven years ago, when living in a small town in the western part of this state, I awoke one morning almost entirely helpless.

For years I had been an invalid, a supposedly diseased condition of the spine having developed into paralysis. I had borne "many things of many physicians,"—and right here I wish to say that they did all within their power to give me relief, but material remedies seemed of no avail. I had undergone one serious and two minor operations, and was finally told by one physician that if I could muster up enough will-power I might possibly live a year. This was but slight consolation, in fact rather discouraging after I had tried for years to get well in this way; for I had closely followed the advice of some of the best physicians and surgeons in the state and had spent thousands of dollars. But man's extremity proved to be God's opportunity, for when every material means had failed, we turned to God for help in Christian Science, and it came.

Eight years previous to my healing I had heard of this truth. A friend who was in a hospital when I was there, became discouraged, left the place, asked help of a Christian Science practitioner, and was healed in a few treatments. The physician in charge of the hospital explained to me that this healing was due to hypnotism or mental suggestion, and that my friend was not seriously ill anyway; so I struggled on for eight years, seeking help from every source but the right one.

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March 28, 1914

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