About five years ago my son was thrown from a motor...

About five years ago my son was thrown from a motor truck, falling face download on the track some fifteen or twenty feet away, and was seriously injured. The right side of his face struck the rail with such force that the upper jaw was crushed and the lower jaw was broken in two places. His shoulder, hand, arm, and foot were also injured. They brought him home, saying he would last only a few hours. The First Reader of our little church worked for him until the railroad company, for which he worked, sent him to a hospital in another town, where we engaged a practitioner.

I went to the hospital and nursed my son from early morning until late in the evening, knowing that God is all Life, Truth, and Love. While he seemed to understand all I said to him, he could not remember anything until the following Friday afternoon, and then for nearly three weeks he was rational only at intervals. No one gave us any hope for his recovery, but our faith in God did not waver. Nine days from the time he was injured the doctors set his jaws and put his head in a cast, the upper jaw being so badly crushed they feared it would never knit, and still gave us no hope for his recovery. We are so thankful to God that he lived and suffered none of the many ills which were predicted for him. The hospital records show that he took no medicine, had no fever, and slept well. He did not suffer pain at any time, at which the attendants expressed surprise. When I told them we were Christian Scientists they seemed to understand and were encouraging. The surgeon who did the surgical work was a kind, good man, but God healed the boy, and the cast could have been removed in a short time, but we were willing to obey the doctor's orders, although my son could use his jaws in two weeks from the time the cast was put on. He has his sight, is clear mentally, and is not disfigured, although it was said the opposite would be the result.

About four months afterwards he moved his little family to another state and began work for an express company. No one expected him to be able to work for at least a year. Words cannot express what this wonderful manifestation of God's love meant to us, as well as other beautiful demonstrations which we have experienced.

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April 16, 1921

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