With deep sincerity, and loving gratitude to God and to...

With deep sincerity, and loving gratitude to God and to Mrs. Eddy, I wish to tell some of the many benefits I have received through the application of Christian Science, as taught by our dear Leader, Mary Baker Eddy. One beautiful lesson proved to me the words from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 480), "There is no place where God is not." Distance, calculated in miles by mortal sense, is unknown to God. Absent treatments were proved to be just as effectual as present treatments.

In the year 1907, when I began the study of Christian Science, I was called to do some special work on the western coast of Africa. While so engaged, my helper and I became afflicted with a violent tropical fever. My helper passed away under the care of a physician. I was confined in a hospital in a semiconscious condition for more than two weeks, and during this time was deprived of the Bible and Science and Health. I wired a Christian Science practitioner in Duluth, Minnesota, for help, and at the same time engaged reservation on the first steamer sailing for Liverpool. This message was cabled some time on Monday. The next afternoon I was carried up the ship's ladder on a stretcher, while the ship lay at anchor about two miles from shore. After being placed in my stateroom I was given a certificate by the hospital doctor with instruction to turn the same over to the ship's doctor. Knowing that I had placed myself in the care of a Christian Science practitioner, and having the blessed privilege of reading Science and Health again, I only prayed to be left alone with God. Although on this ship eighteen days, to my knowledge I never saw the ship's doctor. The Thursday morning after being placed in my stateroom, I was healed. My order was given for a bath; and I shaved myself with perfect ease. After eating my breakfast, I was walking about from place to place, enjoying a most appreciated blessing from God, and thinking of our dear Leader, who with her untiring love and unceasing labor had discovered and presented to the world this most beautiful knowledge, which brings all into the atmosphere of God, when a passenger walking with a cane and a crutch approached and learned of my experience. He told me that he had traveled this coast up and down for several years, and said, "This is the first time I have ever known of any one recovering from this affliction." He then asked me if he could be healed of rheumatism, from which he had been suffering for twenty years. He was told that all things are possible to God. He borrowed my copy of "Retrospection and Introspection" by Mrs. Eddy; and within two days returned the book, walking unaided, and said, "I have read this book through twice, and I am healed."

A few years after this I was healed of a very serious appetite for liquor and tobacco, while taking treatments from a practitioner for lumbago. Again, the same practitioner gave me treatments after I had accidentally severed the great toe joint with an ax. Although it was cut well into the main part of the foot, disconnecting all the cords, it healed in a very short time with no stiffness. The joint is perfectly normal, excepting for a slight scar. I am now past sixty-two years of age, and this happened seven years ago.

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Testimony of Healing
Never will I be able to express fully the deep gratitude...
May 27, 1922

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