I can truly say with the Psalmist, "I had fainted, unless I...

I can truly say with the Psalmist, "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." As a boy of fourteen through two months of agonizing pain and fever I was reduced to an extreme condition of emaciation and weakness. At the end of that time the doctors diagnosed the trouble as a diseased bone in the right thigh. An extensive surgical operation was at once performed, after which I was confined to bed for a year, during which time several more operations were performed. For the next twenty years I was a cripple or semicripple, in pain more often than not, sometimes up and about, often in bed, once for a period of eight months, at other times for periods of two or three months. I underwent so many surgical operations that I finally lost count of them.

During the latter half of the years to which I have referred, my sister, an earnest and faithful student of Christian Science, lovingly endeavored to lead me to seek healing in what I then thought was a fantastic belief. After more than twenty-one years of suffering, without being healed, I again "sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians." This time I was directed to a surgeon in London who was considered to possess the highest degree of skill in dealing with such cases as mine. He advised a further operation, one more dangerous than any I had yet undergone. He warned me that there was a probability that I might have to lose my leg and a serious risk that I might not survive the operation. The surgeon asked me to consider most carefully these risks, which, if undergone and survived, might perhaps result in an improvement in the future condition of my leg. I agreed to undergo the ordeal, which, it was then arranged, should take place in four days.

When I left the surgeon's consulting room I found my sister waiting for me, and she again said, "Will you not try Christian Science?" At last, in my extremity, I agreed to do so, and was taken to a Christian Science Reading Room and provided with the Christian Science textbook. My sister also directed me to a practitioner, who, on learning that I could not then remain in London, undertook to give me absent treatment. In less than two weeks I was healed and knew that I was healed. One day some two months later, while on a holiday in Switzerland, I walked twenty miles in mountainous country, and on returning to the hotel in the evening was able to dance without even feeling unduly tired. Over seven years have elapsed since this healing, and during that time the leg has never hindered me from taking part in all the activities reasonable to a man of my age. My healing is complete and permanent.

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Testimony of Healing
It has been my privilege to enjoy and prove the healing...
September 9, 1933

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