It was in 1915 that, groping around in great need of physical...

It was in 1915 that, groping around in great need of physical healing and after having tried materia medica methods and having undergone repeated operations, including one for appendicitis, I was nothing bettered in my general health. I then turned my thought and attention from material means to overcome the various inharmonious conditions, having become convinced that the best food, air, clothing, housing, and medicine were unable to confer harmony or cause the painful conditions to cease, and that I must in some way endeavor to gain my healing by correcting my thought, recalling the words of Solomon that as a man "thinketh in his heart, so is he." I then began to read the Bible testimonies of healing, and any other books I could procure on what claimed to be healing by divine power; and felt more hopeful in consequence. This was my experience when I first learned that the Christian Science church not only believed in the divine healing of sin and sickness, but that its members put this teaching in the forefront, and carried it into actual practice in daily living. Thereafter the beneficent light of Christian Science began to come into my consciousness, transforming thought and regenerating action.

My annual vacation being due, I procured on loan from the reading room the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and read the greater part of it during the next fourteen days. I was not, however, at this time able to grasp its meaning clearly or apply its teaching to my needs; but in the ensuing winter I consulted a practitioner, so that I might, if possible, get some help or relief from my troubles. While much encouraged by the practitioner, who explained to me the basic truths of Christian Science, I also felt disappointed that I could see no hope of healing in the near future. I continued the study for several months, but dropped it altogether, coming to the conclusion that Christian Science set too high a standard for me to attain or put into daily practice. Then followed a period of drift, till my physical condition again demanded attention; and I now determined earnestly to resume the study. I then purchased a copy of Science and Health, and after some helpful talks with a practitioner and several weeks of study, I began to see in some measure the truth about God and man; my general health began to improve, so that friends remarked on my changed appearance. Soon I began to lay aside material aids which hitherto I had considered necessary; and it was with great joy I was able through my slight understanding of divine Mind to discontinue the use of spectacles, which I had been compelled to wear for over ten years, my sight becoming normal almost at once.

Up to this time I had never experienced the benefit or help to be derived from Christian Science treatment. I now consulted another practitioner, one of those agents of God spending his life delivering God's message to the sick, the sinful, and the sorrowing. In a short time I got a much clearer and better working knowledge of the divine Principle and the rule of its application through the explanations of the practitioner, as well as by a more intense study of the textbook, and was able to demonstrate it in the overcoming of various minor problems, for which I was most grateful. I now had treatment, my health further improved, fears and worries began to disappear, and a much brighter and more helpful outlook on life was experienced.

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Testimony of Healing
I should like to prove a little of the gratitude I feel for...
February 25, 1922

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