Giving Testimony

AT first the healing of disease is the most noticeable effect following one's acquaintance with the new-old truth called Christian Science. That the world may know that God does heal now the same as when Christ Jesus healed the sick and the sinning, our beloved Leader wisely included the giving of testimonies as a part of the Wednesday evening service in Christian Science churches, and the publication of written, signed, and certified testimonies in the weekly and monthly periodicals, the Sentinel, Journal, and Herold. Such a voluminous mass of the evidences of Christianity has never before been presented to the world.

Among those who attend the Wednesday evening meetings are people who have been recently healed and who are but babes in Christ; others have been beneficiaries of this healing truth for many years; some have been reared in the knowledge of Christian Science and have never known any other method of healing or any other manner of life; still others are present for the first time and for the sole purpose of learning what Christian Scientists have to say concerning the faith that is in them and its results in their lives. These last, strangers within our gates, should be accorded hospitality, for we "were strangers in the land of Egypt," and we must give them, as our Leader bids us (Science and Health, p. 570), "a cup of cold water in Christ's name."

Some who have experienced Christian Science healing are eager to testify to its benefits. They feel it to be a debt which must be paid to a waiting world. Others have not yet overcome a fear of the sound of their own voices, and attend Wednesday evening meetings for a long time before they are able to tell what great things God hath done for them. In this connection the writer desires to give a word of encouragement to any one who has been healed but still has a belief in his inability to be a witness for God by word of mouth.

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"Go, wash"
August 12, 1916

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