Some years ago, circumstances led me in midsummer to...

Some years ago, circumstances led me in midsummer to an eastern city where the climate was much warmer and more moist than anything I had ever experienced. I had been warned not to make this change at that season of the year, but would allow no thought of climate to alter my plans. As days went by, the warm, heavy air became for me increasingly difficult to breathe. On one of the very hottest days of summer, I found myself in the midst of a buzz of conversation about that very subject, including graphic accounts of disasters resulting from excess of heat. Needless to say, these recitals were not helpful; instead, the air seemed to become suddenly so stifling that I felt unable to breathe at all, and hastily left the room, hoping to find out of doors fresher, freer air. But not so; not a leaf moved, and the sky looked pitiless.

I do not wish to picture the agony of those moments, but only to say that my thought was that I must have air or I could not retain consciousness another minute. Helplessly I turned to God, and swiftly came this thought and its answer: Does man, the image of Spirit, need air or any material thing? Must he have it to retain consciousness? And then the answer: No, I do not need air. I need God; and I have Him, for He is ever present. I have all I need, right now. "Man is not material; he is spiritual," as Mrs. Eddy tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 468). This glimpse of Truth brought immediate relief and healing, and my gratitude to Christian Science was very great. Only those who have been delivered in extremity can realize the Psalmist's statement, "If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there."

Testimony of Healing
It is with a heart full of gratitude for Christian Science...
April 11, 1925

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