When I turned to Christian Science, I did not know what...

When I turned to Christian Science, I did not know what it was to spend a whole day free from suffering. I had tried operations and treatments in hospitals and a sanitarium, but with no lasting benefits. Right here I should like to say that I am deeply grateful to all those who did everything possible, to the best of their understanding, to relieve me from suffering; and I am grateful for the love and patience which were shown me during those trying times.

I had been told that Christian Science healed the sick, but I did not believe it, having always been very antagonistic to what I thought Christian Science to be. In the summer of 1925, however, when it was again presented to me, I was so sick and discouraged that I reached out as a drowning man would to anything held out to save him. I began to read the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. About two weeks later I awoke one morning to realize that I had slept all night for the first time in many months. This gave me hope and courage, and I decided to try Christian Science for other discordant physical conditions. I also decided that I was willing to accept it for physical healing, but not as a religion, and that I certainly would not ask for help from a practitioner. So I began experimenting on one ailment at a time. I would stop the medicine or treatment I was using for that certain condition; then, if this condition did not improve, I would become fearful, take the medicine or treatment once more, and try again.

During this time I was reading the textbook, and had discovered that it was indeed a "key" to the Scriptures; so I got out my long-neglected Bible and began to read it in connection with Science and Health. This verse stood out to me: "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot server God and mammon." Then I knew that was just what I had been doing, trying to serve two masters. Although I had not received any benefit from material help for some time, still it was not without a struggle that I gave up all material help and took my stand on the side of Truth. I thought one would help the other; but I found I could not mix Spirit and matter, Truth and error. The last thing I gave up was the taking of a glass of hot water the first thing in the morning; but it finally became clear to me that it was not what I was taking that was wrong, but why I was taking it; that I was putting something before God. Mrs. Eddy tells us on page 167 of Science and Health, "Only through radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized."

Testimony of Healing
Twenty-one years ago my son was healed of tuberculosis...
April 2, 1932

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