When I first asked about Christian Science I was suffering...

When I first asked about Christian Science I was suffering from fear of death, ignorance of God, and sin. I had already undergone two operations, and was told I would have to submit to a third as soon as I was strong enough. I had been examined by different doctors and surgeons, and each gave the same verdict, all volunteering the information that I never would be strong again. I was a semi-invalid, and could not walk any distance or even do my housework without fatigue; and I spent the greater part of my time in bed. I had a horror of an operation, as I was still suffering from the effects of ether administered in former operations.

Life to me was a mystery. My mental picture of God was that of a mortal on a throne, causing my agony and suffering as a penalty for the many mistakes I had made. I wanted to die, but was afraid. We moved to a city where lived a distant relative who was a Christian Scientist. She did not talk about Christian Science, but lived it; and I loved her dearly. One day when I was suffering from fear I asked her if I could take my medicine and at the same time have Christian Science treatment. She said if I had Christian Science I would not want medicine. Then I spoke of the fear from which I was suffering, and she said: "God is Love. There is nothing to fear." It was said with such love and compassion that I felt as if a great load had fallen from my shoulders, and my healing began. She helped me to get a practitioner, and gave me "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy to read.

Medicine was my god. I took a pill whenever I was fearful. I carried pills with me always. When I tried to read Science and Health I found I could not, as the thought of the medicine disturbed me. It came to me that I would have to give it up. I struggled several hours in making my decision; and when I decided to choose God, a great peace came over me, and I was able to read. In less than a week fear began to lessen, and fatigue, nervousness, constipation, indigestion, began to fade away. I was able dispense with an abdominal support I had worn for three years. In a couple of months I laid aside glasses without any effort on my part.

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Testimony of Healing
When Christian Science was first presented to me by a...
December 17, 1927

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