"Man's extremity is God's opportunity"

"Man's extremity is God's opportunity." The extremity did indeed seem great, but God is even greater. Some seven years ago, when all medical treatment proved in vain and I was nearly desperate, a friend told me of Christian Science, of which I had never before heard. This was the only way left for me, as I had for three years sought relief from physicians and had submitted to an operation, but my condition became constantly worse. Late one night my husband went to a neighboring city to look up a practitioner, for I desired to give Christian Science a trial. He had, however, firmly decided to consult a noted physician, but was unable to see him that night, and was very downcast. He prayed silently to God, asking Him for guidance, and then looked up a practitioner whose address he had. He still frequently mentions the wonderful sense of freedom which he received after his first visit. He was so filled with hope and faith in God. The practitioner consented to treat me, and when my husband returned home late that night he found me asleep, something which had not occurred for many a night. In a short time I was healed of a trouble which the physicians had pronounced incurable. After having worn glasses, prescribed by a specialist, for three years, I was able to lay them aside and I am now able to do the finest work without them and am indeed grateful for this. Some years later I was healed of a severe case of blood poisoning. In the family we have experienced the healing of grip, measles, pneumonia, and asthma. Part of a finger which had been torn off adhered again, and with the help of a practitioner the fear of its resulting in a stiffened joint was overcome. The finger is normal and one is unable to tell which finger was injured.

One morning I was unable to use the right arm as usual, and required help in dressing. I endeavored to apply my understanding of Christian Science, but experienced excruciating pain. As it was imperative that I should go to the village, the children helped me to dress. I recalled and pondered the countless proofs of divine power which we had demonstrated during the past few years in this new-old religion, and completely forgot self and the symptoms of lameness. On the way home I was able to use my right hand and was completely freed from pain. I was filled with a deep sense of gratitude for having found in Christian Science a Gos who verily heals all the ills to which the flesh is heir. As stated in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, in the chapter entitled, "Prayer" (p. 3), "Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks."

No one who has not himself passed through a similar experience can realize my deep sense of gratitude to our Leader, Mrs. Eddy. When I commenced reading the periodicals I thought I hated the noble woman, although I had never seen her, and felt a great repugnance toward her name. To-day, however, I am unable to find words to express my love to this splendid woman, who revealed to us the Christ, through her tireless work for humanity. I thank God and all those who stood by us in these dreary hours, and daily think of the sunshine that has come into our home, and am daily endeavoring to live a life of deeds, not words.

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Testimony of Healing
I wish to express my thankfulness to God and gratitude...
April 16, 1921

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