In obedience to divine Love I desire to add my testimony...

In obedience to divine Love I desire to add my testimony to the gratitude already expressed by others through our periodicals for the healing power of Christian Science.

Ten years ago I was facing a fifth major surgical operation as relief from internal injuries caused by a fall when a young girl. Each operation had left serious after effects and a long convalescence, followed by a recurrence of the difficulty in some other form. Consultation of physicians offered only relief, as they believed I could never be really well or active. Financial reverses had seemed to force us from our home, causing great mental depression. Fear both of living and of dying made me most miserable. I was constantly under the care of physicians was kept on a strict diet and took many kinds of medicine; nevertheless I suffered much pain and great weakness.

At this time a woman brought me "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. I was supposed to be amused at the penciled notes made in derision of this book, but I was in no mood to laugh at anyone's religion; so, although I took the book, I refused to read it for several days. When the only way out of my extremity seemed to be another surgical operation, I prayed earnestly for guidance and for divine help through this experience. While in great fear and much pain I suddenly remembered that the Christian Science church was said to be founded upon Christian healing, and that Christian Scientists studied the very book which had been given me. Prayerfully I contemplated such surcease from my difficulties. Longing for assurance, I opened my Bible and these words of Jesus the Christ flooded my consciousness: "Lo, I am with you alway." Then, opening Science and Health at random, I found these words (p. 495): "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought.' Turning from page to page I found many passages telling me that spiritualization of thought brings health; that Jesus healed the sick through divesting thought of sin, fear, and false belief. I read far into the night, never seeing the penciled marginal notes. All former criticism of Mrs. Eddy and the Christian Science movement left me. Fear and pain subsided, to be replaced by the consciousness that the Christ, Truth, heals sickness and sin now as surely as it did centuries ago.

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Testimony of Healing
I first heard of Christian Science about ten years ago
July 16, 1932

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