I hope that my testimony may prove a blessing to some...

I hope that my testimony may prove a blessing to some poor sufferer seeking for health and happiness. When I attempt to make plain what Christian Science has done for me, words fail me. For years I had suffered from a nervous breakdown and rupture, and after a long period of slavery to drugs, diet, and exercise, my condition was much more serious than at the beginning. I then tried a specialist, and after three months I seemed to be worse than ever, so much so that I could not follow my occupation in the mine. It was just at this time that I lost my mother, who seemed the only real friend I had, and I began to lose interest in everything and gave my case up as hopeless. My only desire was to put an end to things.

I began to ramble from one place to another, till finally I found myself one morning in a London shelter, homeless, friendless, and hopeless. It was then that I saw myself as I never had before, a complete physical wreck. Filled with despair, and seeing no hope, I began to study how to get out of my condition. I could think of nothing except the river to put an end to my difficulty, and as I sat there I tried to pray, when something prompted me to look up, and this has proved to me that "man's extremity is God's opportunity." As I lifted my head, my eyes caught these words written on the wall: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." I had seen these words before, but they never appealed to me as they did that morning. I thought there were a lot of things I needed, but no matter which way I looked, I could not get those words out of my mind, so I pulled myself together and said that whatever the consequences I would seek the kingdom of God.

Then began my search. I read every book or article dealing with religion that I could find. I attended religious services also, but could not get any satisfaction. I began to go back into the slough of despond, till one day I went into a library with the hope that I would find some words that would give me courage to press on. When I came across a copy of The Christian Science Journal I saw on the cover the words, "Heal the sick," and I thought, This is just what I want. Out of curiosity I began to read, and I read it over and over again.

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Testimony of Healing
I give my testimony in grateful acknowledgment of the...
March 6, 1915

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