In May, 1926, a friend invited me to attend a Christian Science...

In May, 1926, a friend invited me to attend a Christian Science testimony meeting. I knew nothing of this Science and attended the meeting more from curiosity than anything else. At that meeting I received a fourfold healing: of so-called incurable heart disease, which was supposed to have been caused by fever when I was eleven years of age, and which for twenty years had been complicated with angina pectoris; of a very painful form of indigestion, which had troubled me for more than thirty years; and of rheumatism and gout, which had affected me intermittently since the time I had fever. I did not realize that the fourth healing had taken place until some weeks later. About six weeks before this time I had dislocated my thumb while at work. The dislocation was reduced, but shortly afterwards I had rheumatism in the joint, and a doctor told me that I should probably have a stiff joint for the remainder of my life. A few weeks after the healings I have described, a friend inquired about the thumb. I then realized that my healing was fourfold, for I had experienced no pain, stiffness, or inconvenience since attending that first meeting. Within three months of this wonderful experience I was healed of almost lifelong constipation. Since then I have received other healings—of a scalded foot, a wounded knee, cuts, burns, and so on—and have experienced God's protection and healing in so-called accidents, emerging from some of them quite unscathed, and very quickly recovering from the effects of others.

I find words a poor medium for expressing the gratitude I feel for these physical healings, but still more so for the spiritual blessings received through the study of Christian Science. I had been a Bible student during the greater part of my life, but like many others found much therein that seemed contradictory and obscure. The Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, has thrown light on the sacred pages for me, has revealed the beauties of the Word, and also our right to claim the promises made therein and to exercise man's God-given dominion over sin, disease, and death.

For the privilege of membership in The Mother Church and a branch church, and of serving this glorious movement in a humble way, I am grateful. My desire is to show forth my gratitude and praise, not only with my lips, but in my daily life. Jesus said, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him." I am grateful that our Father-Mother God has drawn me to a knowledge of Himself and of His healing Christ. I am grateful to our revered Leader, whose purity of thought and life enabled her to receive this later revelation and give it to the world.—William Hill Bedford, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.

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August 12, 1933

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