I am very grateful for the benefits which I have received...

I am very grateful for the benefits which I have received through Christian Science. A supposedly hereditary disease left me in childhood when my parents took up the study of this truth. I was early instructed to apply that I knew in my own behalf; and I did so to some extent, especially when pressed hard by the claims of mortal sense which were attendant upon the physical evidence and belief that I was not of a strong constitution. So I grew to womanhood enjoying the benefits resulting from our small understanding of Christian Science.

Sorrow and trouble came into my experience after this; then physical disorders; and for a time frequent attacks of disease accompanied by much fear. During this period it never occurred to me to look for relief through any method other than Christian Science, because I had already experienced much proof of its efficacy. These trials reminded me of how little I knew, and only increased my desire to understand more. The help which I received, often with the aid of a practitioner,—help sometimes over miles of space, coming instantly and effectually,—stands out in memory, each experience a shining light of encouragement under any new difficulty that has arisen.

Memory recalls other occasions when my little knowledge of Christian Science has healed me physically or mentally. None of these healings is too small to be grateful for, even though it may have been just an unhappy thought overcome. One Wednesday a short time ago, I was very much depressed all the afternoon. In the evening I went to a testimony meeting just to receive an uplift. There were some testimonies and some silences, during which I pondered what I had heard, and I found myself thinking: You came to get something; what have you to give? How would it be if every one came only to get? In answering these questions I found the help which I needed. With this experience came a new light on giving. I had come to get; what had I to give? Giving and getting are inseparable. Fears and excuses must be given—given up—to get freedom, even the freedom to express the gratitude felt. Self-consciousness must be given up to get the consciousness of Love, as God ever present. False opinions must be given up to get the true idea. All erring thought must be given up if the enduring is to find entrance at the door of thought.

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Testimony of Healing
On page 49 of the Christian Science Hymnal we read...
November 29, 1924

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