Several years ago, while working for a large piano firm...

Several years ago, while working for a large piano firm in the capacity of outside solicitor, I cam into the store from a morning's work of making calls and remarked to the manager that I had walked so fast when I realized that I was late in keeping my appointment with him that I had a pain in my side. He earnestly replied, "There is no pain in your side; it is only a belief." Not understanding what he meant nor knowing what I was saying, I replied that I believed I would turn Christian Scientist and say, "I have no pain," and have none. He assented that would be right. I instantly realized that I had no further sense of pain, and I wondered at the incident. At that time I had never read a word of Christian Science literature and knew nothing of its teaching, other than the ordinary careless, critical remarks thoughtlessly made in ridicule by uninterested people.

The seed of Truth had fallen on fertile soil, however, and the one who had voiced the truth that had healed, watered the sprouting thought by presenting me a few days later with a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, requesting me to read it. It was with a mingled thought of interest, partly because of my confidence in the honor and honesty of the giver and partly through curiosity, that I started to read. At first it seemed a jumbled mass of words. I remember the first clear thought that I discerned was, "Evil has no power, no intelligence, for God is good, and therefore good is infinite, is All" (Science and Health, p. 398). The latter statement puzzled me much, but the statement, "God is good," seemed so simple and plain and explained a question which had bothered me greatly, for since a child I had been held in terror by the belief that God punishes His children, and this statement comforted me.

Gradually I learned that when seemingly difficult problems presented themselves, solace was gained by reading this little book, and interest grew until I found myself occasionally attending the Christian Science services. Then one day when a friend taunted me about wearing glasses after becoming a Scientist,—which name I humbly told her I knew I was not then worthy to be called, but hoped some day to be,—I awoke to the opportunity of reliance on the infinitude of good for healing, and it was then that I read with a new interest and purpose. I laid off the glasses and clung to the scientific statement of being, found on page 468 of the textbook, and as I read could demonstrate sight—at first seemingly painfully and slowly, but within three weeks perfectly and with ease. This was seven years ago, and I have never had glasses on since nor needed to have them on, although an eye specialist had told me years before that I would always have to wear them. I am most grateful for this proof of infinite good.

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Testimony of Healing
I should like to express my gratitude for Christian Science...
July 10, 1920

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