I wish to express my gratitude for all that I have learned...

I wish to express my gratitude for all that I have learned through the study of the Bible and Christian Science. It was through the study of the Bible that I became interested in Christian Science, and through Christian Science that I gained a better understanding of the Bible.

Twenty-one years ago I was taken seriously ill with acute inflammatory rheumatism. A friend recommended Christian Science so that I might sleep, which I had not been able to do for some time. I sent for a practitioner and had one treatment, but gained no relief. The next day I was taken to the hospital. After four weeks there, with the usual attention and medicine, I realized that I was growing rapidly worse, and becoming more helpless every day. I could use only one hand, and had to be lifted. Realizing the uselessness of taking medicine any longer, I asked for a Bible, and a New Testament was given me. I had been brought up with little religious training except what one gains in a so-called orthodox Sunday school, and the Bible was unfamiliar to me. Having seen a great deal of sickness in our family, and having myself received no benefit from the use of medicine and hospital treatment, I determined to read this book until I was healed, or passed on. I began with the Gospel of Matthew, and was convinced through the teachings of Christ Jesus that God did not make me ill, and that Jesus did not use medicine; but I did not know how to apply his teachings to my own case. I am convinced now that the Mind which governs the universe impelled me to look farther, for I turned the pages until I came to the epistle of James, where it says, "The prayer of faith shall save the sick." Then I thought of what I had read in Matthew, "Thy faith hath made thee whole," and, "According to your faith be it unto you." I prayed as best I knew how, and then proceeded to put my faith into practice. With this came a sense of joy and hope, and the assurance that God had shown me the way. I then called my nurse and asked her to dress me, which she did; and long before the afternoon was over I had walked up and down my room and the corridors of the hospital, and had overcome all that goes to make up so-called rheumatism, except weakness. I should like to say here that I had been sick in bed for nine weeks, and the morning that I made this demonstration my physician, who was very well known in Chicago, had told my sister that my case was hopeless.

This healing was the turning point in my life, for now I go to the Bible and to the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, with perfect confidence, knowing that, when willing to receive it, I have the help for which I ask under all circumstances. I was healed instantly at one time of a severe periodical headache, by clinging to the truth as found in the Lord's Prayer, through the words, "Thy kingdom come," and the explanatory statement as found in Science and Health (p. 16), "Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present." I felt, indeed, as though I was in the very presence of God.

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Testimony of Healing
Ten years ago, to human sense, I was a nervous and...
March 9, 1929

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