For about eight years I received help through Christian Science...

For about eight years I received help through Christian Science without offering one word of testimony in gratitude therefor. My first child was said by doctors to have a bowel weakness which she might outgrow in a year or two, and they advised me what to do for her. I followed their directions for about two months before I asked for help in Christian Science. In three days after that she was freed from this trouble and it has never returned. She has not taken any medicine since and is now eleven years old. I have two younger children who have never taken medicine.

After those eight years of benefits not acknowledged, I came to the place where I had to decide whether to depend on God or mammon. This same little girl was taken with ptomaine poisoning and was to mortal sense as sick as I have ever seen anyone. I was so fearful that I did not care how she was helped, whether she had a doctor or Christian Science treatment. Then it came to me that after the proofs of God's power that I had witnessed, there was only one way, that I could only trust God with my child; so we called a practitioner. There was some relief, but toward night the little patient became delirious again and was screaming with pain. We called for help again, and within an hour the fever was gone and her skin was moist and cool. The pains in the stomach contineud, howerver, and were very severe at times; but the practitioner stayed with us day and night till all the discordant conditions yielded. A week from the time the child was taken sick we helped her out on to the porch, and two days after that she was able to walk once more. After this experience I saw that in place of wondering how it all came about and telling how much I did not understand about God, it was for me to acknowledge Him and to be so humble that I might become worthy of understanding. Then I saw that the least I could do was to testify at our Wednesday evening meeting.

I am grateful to say that since that time I have understood God in the way that Christian Science teaches us. I have found Him to be ever present through all kinds of trials. This is only a humble offering; our lives must attest our sincerity.—(Mrs.)Siri Alzen Wales, Sheridan, Wyo.

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March 15, 1919

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