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A deep sense of gratitude impels me to express, through...
A deep sense of gratitude impels me to express, through the periodicals what I have been privileged to experience through Christian Science. In my fifth year tubercular wounds appeared on my arm, from which I suffered for many years until healing took place through Christian Science. At that time I was in Davos, a health resort for tubercular patients, where, as a last hope, I had put my faith in the concentrated reys of the sun and thought they would surely cure me, but I did not recover. Two years earlier my relatives had spoken of Christian Science. At that time I was in a very miserable condition, did not want to know anything about it, and was taken to a hospital. I spent four cheerless months there, and when I left my health was still worse. Despite all these severe experiences, it was some time before I really turned to God as the only Physician. During the time spent lying in the sun I read a great deal; but mostly books which in no way promoted my growth. Gradually I tired of this kind of reading and replaced it with the Bible and other books which were more uplifting. When my health failed to improve, however, I began to awaken and felt that there was surely something better for me than constant sickness. The Christian Science literature then came to my attention. I began to read it and found that for which I had long been searching, namely, not only the promise of physical healing and relief from the inactivity of which I was tired, but a true knowledge of God. I now wanted to trust in Him, and felt His help was near.
At this time a practitioner came to visit in the neighborhood. I realized that this was the answer to my prayer. I truned to her in my hour of greatest helplessness and shall never forget her comforting words which lifted me out of despair. From that day on I used my arm and gradually took up work again. In a short time the wounds closed, for the healing rays of the truth had done their work. I had many relapses but each time the trouble was overcome in a short time through kindly help. God did not desert me, and I often reiterated mentally the following words of Mrs. Eddy: "Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified" (Science and Health, p. 22). I had chosen God as my Physician, I trusted in Him, and He helped me. Since that time I have enjoyed the best of health and look back upon the days of sickness as upon a dream of the past.
During my illness I had given up hope of ever being useful to my fellow men. Then, when I had unexpectedly regained health and strength, another problem presented itself which had to be solved, namely, what profession was I to follow in order to become active in the great working world? God showed me the way. I went to a strange city where I stood alone, without human help, and had to pass through many battles before I had attained to assured supply, but divine Love illumined the way, and in January, 1919, I was beautifully provided for, being unexpectedly offered a position which would meet my every need. I gladly accepted it and thanked God in my heart. He had been my supply, and through this experience I had especially learned to lean upon the rock, Christ, and resolved to trust God with all problems which might confront me.
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Water and Spirit
FRANK H. SPRAGUE
"The fruit of their thoughts"
Our Daily Encounters
"The dear children's toy"
KATHERYN STITES BROOKS
CORA ARMSTRONG KELLAM
Truth for the Children
Gustavus S. Paine with contributions from Sarah Aimeé Bruce
Nine years ago I strained my right side and the doctor...
D. A. Beardslee
Until two and one-half years ago I had heard little and...
Christian Science has done so much for me during the...
Ruth Crandall Barry
It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I give this testimony
Rose Ethel Burton
My debt to Christian Science is growing daily, for it is...
Henry M. Newmark
Christian Science means everything to me
After receiving, for over ten years, the benefits which...
Bertha W. Kelley
It is with a heart full of gratitude for Christian Science...
Mabel Irene Foster
I am writing this testimony with the hope that it will...
Bessie J. Jones with contributions from Huldah P. Holmes
Signs of the Times
with contributions from William James, W. F. Adeney, Edward Sapir, Robert H. Howie, Albert D. Belden