Many are the blessings I have received through the study...

Many are the blessings I have received through the study and practice of Christian Science.

Several years ago I was afflicted with a venereal disease which was fast undermining my health. I was forced to abandon drugs as useless, and although I had known of Christian Science for a number of years I never gave it much serious attention. I had a copy of Science and Health and read it at odd times; finally I felt the need of it very much and started studying it more earnestly. I was sure of the great truth it contained, but could not cure myself and was reluctant to ask a practitioner's help, as I had little money and lacked the humility to ask for treatment without it. Finally, after several more months of misery, I wrote to a practitioner, enclosing some money and asking for help. A few days later I was very much relieved, but not completely healed. I took up the study of Christian Science more earnestly, using the Christian Science Quarterly LessonSermons, and yet there was no change in my condition. Then I realized that I had been cured of the liquor habit, which had lasted over twenty years. I could trace the disease to no other cause but excessive drinking; still I was not healed.

The suggestion to drink liquor presented itself on a number of occasions, but I knew by then "that there is no real pleasure in false appetites," as Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health (p. 404), and that "Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified" (p. 22). When I received a bill for thirteen dollars from the practitioner I resented its having been sent, but as I began to reason about it I felt differently. I had paid a doctor a sum of money besides what I had invested in drugs, railroad fares, and so forth, and had received no benefit whatever, yet here I was greatly relieved of a seemingly dangerous malady and completely cured of the liquor habit, although at that time I did not credit the practitioner with having anything to do with destroying what appeared to be the cause of the disease. Finally I realized that he must be sincere and had honestly earned the money, so I wrote him that I would send it as soon as I conveniently could, and several days later I was completely healed.

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Testimony of Healing
It is with great joy that I take my place among those who...
April 6, 1935

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