Gratitude will no longer allow me to remain silent

Gratitude will no longer allow me to remain silent. Love prompts me to tell of some of the many blessings that have come to me through the study of Christian Science. I was reared by Christian parents, and I tried hard to follow in the footsteps of our dear Savior, as I was then taught. Even in my childhood, I longed with unspeakable yearning to do good. I wanted so much to help others.

In infancy I passed through what is termed scarlet fever, and afterwards was never well and strong like other children. As a young woman I was a semi-invalid. My parents did all they could for me; and later, my husband undertook to feed me on medicine, until I rebelled, seeing that it did me no good. While still young in years, I was left a widow with four small children. As they grew, I became more and more feeble, and a great fear came over me that I might not live to rear them. I prayed fervently for life.

A dear Christian Scientist was boarding with us, and we noticed how beautiful was her life. I thought that if she were a fair sample, I should like to know more about Christian Science. The opportunity soon presented itself. A severe headache prostrated me, and I called on her for help, which was most lovingly given. I rejoiced over the healing, but did not then take up the study. The next time I called for help, I was taken to a practitioner's house. She asked if I wanted Christian Science treatment. I said, "Yes; but I am unable to pay for it, and unwilling to take what I cannot pay for." She had compassion on me and said: "We shall not think about that now. There is time enough when you are well." I noticed that she did not say, "If you are made well." That "when," so confidently spoken, meant a great deal to me. I was not instantly healed of all my many ills. I began reading the literature right away, and have kept it up ever since. I grew stronger physically as my understanding of God and man's relation to Him became clearer through reading our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. That was thirteen years ago. Since then I have had class instruction; I have served in the activities of the church; and I have had the unspeakable joy of helping others.

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Testimony of Healing
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May 5, 1923

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