Far-reaching Testimony

THE high value which our Leader attached to the giving of testimony at the Wednesday evening meetings is shown by the statement in Section 24, Article VIII, of the Manual of The Mother Church: "Testimony in regard to the healing of the sick is highly important. More than a mere rehearsal of blessings, it scales the pinnacle of praise and illustrates the demonstration of Christ, 'who healeth all thy diseases.'" Since the giving of testimony is so important, it behooves us to speak clearly and distinctly in rehearsing our blessings, so that none may be deprived of the good which flows from these meetings. It might be well for those who give testimony to Truth's power to ponder Isaiah's words: "O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid."

In most of the larger churches the reader, after announcing that the meeting is open for the giving of testimonies, lovingly asks those who take part to raise their voices and speak distinctly, so that all may hear. In spite of this admonition many of the testimonies, which probably would be very helpful, are heard only by those in the immediate vicinity of the speaker, and very often only part of a testimony is heard by all of the congregation.

Surely if we are genuinely grateful for the help received from the study and practical application of Christian Science and have taken a decided stand for Truth, this very sense of gratitude will enable us to speak distinctly to those who attend our services, for we want all the world to share our joy. The fact that we are not telling of our own achievements, but are simply bearing witness to the power of Truth in our experiences, should give us courage and strength to overcome the error which would render our words inaudible.

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October 14, 1916

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