Many years ago I heard a preacher say, "The kingdom...

Many years ago I heard a preacher say, "The kingdom of heaven is joy." I could not help noting the words. Later, from the same pulpit, another preacher referred to the word "joy" occurring in the Bible. I noted this also, for I was in need of spiritual joy. Afterwards, I saw a poster announcing a Christian Science lecture. I looked forward to it and was present with a receptive thought. My heart warms to a Christian Science lecture and the lecturer who delivers it. I took up the study of Science and great spiritual joy came to me. God put in my heart the song of spiritual rejoicing. It is heaven's song here on earth. Mortal mind, so called, has opposed it, and bitterly, but the song lives on. I could not live without it.

After I came to Christian Science I became aware of a desire to be healed of the smoking habit, which I had had for twenty years. I was healed some months afterwards, when I suddenly realized that the habit of smoking had no intelligence and therefore no power, as there could be no power where there was no intelligence; therefore, it could not be anything, nor do anything; it could not suggest itself; it was nothing. I have not smoked since, and there has been no desire to do so. About three years ago a boy who had distressed his mother by telling her he was going to smoke when he was sixteen heard my testimony and was healed. Several months later a lady heard me relate this healing in church, and was freed from the bondage of cigarette smoking. This is teaching me to pay more wholehearted attention to those words which appear in the Manual of The Mother Church (Art. VIII, Sect. 24), "Testimony in regard to the healing of the sick is highly important." I have experienced several other healings in Science, of toothache, strained arm, pains in the soles of my feet, and corns.

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