About twenty-one years ago a friend wrote to me asking...

About twenty-one years ago a friend wrote to me asking me to go and visit her and to try Christian Science, as she had received such wonderful benefits from it. I was a sick and discouraged woman and willing to try almost anything, but had never heard of Christian Science before. With the loving help of a practitioner I was instantly healed of an organic and a functional disease. Two years ago, in order to have some legal papers made out, I was obliged to have a physical examination and the doctor pronounced those organs perfect—nineteen years after the one treatment.

A hereditary disease from which I had suffered all my life did not yield at that time. I had several practitioners, at different times, and the pain became very much less but the trouble kept returning at regular intervals, and it was shown to me very plainly that I must work it out myself. I went at my study with renewed diligence, and after eight years the difficulty was overcome. At first, like many beginners, I tried to control my body with my thought instead of guarding my thought so as "to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." I also found myself watching the body and looking for results. Finally, one day I asked myself this question: "Do you want physical healing that you may enjoy more the so-called pleasures of the senses, or do you want the Christ?" I decided to choose the Christ, and I discovered one of the greatest blessings that has ever come into my life,—the lever that will lift the whole lump of error, the greatest asset the Christian Scientist has,—gratitude. By this time my thought was so uplifted I almost wished the trouble would return that I might prove its nothingness. I did not have to wait long, for in two days it presented itself, in the early morning as usual. I sprang from my bed, realizing that this was no time for argument, and as I declared, "Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ," the pain left me. It has never returned, and that was thirteen years ago.

That Christian Science does heal I have had abundant proof. All my relatives, both on my father's and my mother's side that I know of, suffered from this disease and they all took drugs, had doctors and operations, and not one of them was healed, or even helped. I am the only member of the family who turned to Christian Science, and the only one who has been healed. For the physical healing I am grateful, but most grateful that Christian Science has taught me to do my own thinking. It has taught me that the only place to seek dominion is in my own thought, that it is in my own thought that I fight my battles with evil, and it is there the victories are won. The most helpful thought to me along this line is one which our inspired Leader gives us in "Pulpit and Press" (p. 3): "Know, then, that you possess sovereign power to think and act rightly, and that nothing can dispossess you of this heritage and trespass on Love. If you maintain this position, who or what can cause you to sin or suffer?"

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Testimony of Healing
After many years of material thinking and living, in...
May 7, 1921

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