Last winter, after some active mental resistance to a...

Last winter, after some active mental resistance to a disabling pain in the side, I was confined to my bed with a serious and painful sickness. I thought long and anxiously about the situation, but the suffering steadily increased. I was not able to find any mental cause for the trouble, and finally became discouraged and irritated because Christian Science seemed to be failing me just when I was trying hardest to use it intelligently. The struggle lasted some days, but my condition grew worse instead of better. Then treatment was asked from a practitioner. Help, ready and kind, was given at once. It then became clear that, far from working intelligently, I had been indulging in a wrong form of mental (as well as physical) activity. I gradually realized that I had been speculating and talking too much about Christian Science, and studying it and applying it too little. Because I was continually busy thinking of certain X Y Z problems of human experience, which I could not understand at my present stage of mental development, I was forgetting to handle the A B C problems of daily life. I began again to read and think over the simplest practical lessons of the Bible and of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. The acute pains lessened; and existence became bearable. I persisted in trying to be more like a little child, and soon was able to rejoice in the small activities that each hour brought. Gradually the way was won to physical healing and to a more restful mental consciousness than I had ever known.

There is comfort in the knowledge that we are always standing at the open gate of opportunity and that, as we work honestly at the A B C problems of to-day, they prepare us for the X Y Z problems of to-morrow in such a way that these in their turn are seen to be simply the gate of opportunity again—wide-open to still better things. On page 233 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy defines progress as "the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil."—(Miss) Kathleen A. Johnston, Amsterdam, Holland.

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Testimony of Healing
In the early winter of 1920, weary, worn, without hope,...
July 5, 1924

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