As I study Christian Science the importance of gratitude...

As I study Christian Science the importance of gratitude and of expressing our gratitude is becoming more and more clear to me; therefore, I add my testimony to the many others given by those who have been healed through this wonderful truth. The healing which stands out in my experience, because it is one of the few physical difficulties I have had to meet, is that of extreme sunburn, which in a few hours turned into what was called "sun poisoning." This happened during a stay at the seashore. My legs were so badly burned that I could not straighten them out from the position they were in when the blisters began to form. The first day I tried to do the work myself as we are taught in Christian Science, but the pain was so intense that I finally sent a telegram to a practitioner some distance away who had done some very beautiful work for me a few months previously. The work was taken up immediately, but although the pain disappeared I was unable to relax the muscles from their rigid position. I wrote the practitioner to this effect, and the following day received a letter from her in which she quoted from the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 254): "Individuals are consistent who, watching and praying, can 'run, and not be weary; ... walk, and not faint,' who gain good rapidly and hold their position, or attain slowly and yield not to discouragement."

As I read this and pondered it, it came to me as clearly as a spoken word, You can walk. The next moment I was on my feet, my knees straight, every bit of muscular tautness and rigidity gone; and it was with a very grateful heart that I called out to my mother, who was in the next room, that I had been healed. Inside of two days the blisters, which were extremely large and had been bleeding, dried up and the skin peeled off quite painlessly, leaving no marks of any kind. This experience is precious to me not only because it healed me but because it brought to my mother's thought the power of God as expressed through Christian Science, and she too began the study of this Science.

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