Giving Testimony

In the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. VIII, Sect. 24) Mrs. Eddy writes: "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.'" And the psalmist, who had tasted and seen that the Lord is good, exclaimed, "Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!" The Wednesday evening meetings in Christian Science churches throughout the world give us an opportunity to follow this advice, and so many wide-awake Scientists appreciate the privilege that it is easy for those who are timid to make themselves believe that their contributions to the meeting are not needed. Every church seems to have a considerable percentage of faithful attendants who come week after week, month after month, and listen earnestly to what others have to say, but never rise to tell what Christian Science has done for them. When we neglect this opportunity we are robbing ourselves and our church.

Every sincere Scientist wishes to testify, for we have all been healed many, many times, and it seems rather churlish toward our loving Father to be silent when we are given the opportunity to rise in His house and say, "Thank you;" but error's argument may be that some of us are "too self-conscious to speak in public," or we "have an incomplete demonstration and do not feel that the time has yet come for us to speak," or we are afraid "we will not be a credit to the cause," and so on. When we examine these arguments with an honest heart, we recognize their selfishness and know that there is in reality but one reason for our silence, the unlovely reason that our gratitude is insufficient for the demand upon it. If we are truly thankful to God, "who daily loadeth us with benefits," we shall express that gratitude in spite of all the claims of personal inability; for gratitude silences self-depreciation, self-consciousness, and fear.

The Cost of True Living
February 7, 1920

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