In loving gratitude to God for the great gift of Christian Science,...

In loving gratitude to God for the great gift of Christian Science, and a sincere desire to help some one else out of the bondage of suffering, this testimony is given. A little less than four years ago I came to Christian Science, as a last resort, for help in a serious intestinal trouble. Two major operations had been performed within three years' time, and at the end of one more year a third one seemed to be necessary. I was in such utter misery that death itself seemed to be the only escape possible, and it was constantly in my thoughts. Along with this trouble was another, a so-called incurable one, known as tubercular glands of the neck. Osteopathy, X-ray and serum treatments had been consistently applied, but with little, if any, apparent effect. The bunches kept coming, and five of these had been removed from neck and chest by surgery.

Being ignorantly prejudiced against Christian Science, it was with great fear and distrust that we sought help from a practitioner; but the help was lovingly given, and the work so well done that in four days' time I was dressed and sitting out in the yard. All fear of another operation had vanished. The bowels resumed their natural functions, which had occurred but rarely since childhood; the swelling of the glands entirely disappeared within a few weeks; and glasses which had been worn for about fifteen years were discarded after the first treatment. In Christian Science, I not only found health and strength, but found that God is a God of peace and joy,—a God of love, who does not send sickness and misery to His children.

I am so grateful to our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, for our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which leads us into the pathway of health and life eternal. I am very grateful for membership in both The Mother Church and a branch church, and for our Church Manual. I am very grateful also for class instruction, which opens up the way to a broader understanding of practice and demonstration, the ultimate aim of all true Christian Scientists. To follow Jesus' command, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven," is the one desire of my life.—(Mrs.) Ella M. Gowen, Ludlow, Mass.

February 25, 1922

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