[Original testimony in German]

Although it is not long since I first had the joy of...

Although it is not long since I first had the joy of knowing Christian Science, I should like to speak to all who are despairing and discouraged, and promise them encouragement, for I feel so happy and changed.

I came to Christian Science through a relative who had been healed and also delivered from unhappiness. I had been ill for five months; everything conceivable had been done for me, but nothing helped. Two days previous to the time when this relative took me to a Christian Science practitioner, the doctor had pronounced a severe verdict: I must either go at once to a sanatorium for lung trouble or undergo a cure of tuberculin injections for two or three months. I was in despair. I was afraid of becoming still more infected at a sanatorium, and toward the dreadful injection I felt a great aversion. Thus, when my relative called on me, she found me in tears, beset with fear, and completely discouraged. I had not been able to sleep a single night for five months. It was in this sad plight that I went to the practitioner, entirely apathetic and without really knowing at all what was at stake. But as soon as this lady, inspired with true faith, had addressed her first words to me, I became attentive, and it was as though my heart was touched by something scarcely foreseen yet long desired. Suddenly, I know not how, I gained release and the light of hope again shone. I was as a child again, a true child who knew that she had a Father taking care of her. After many years of severe struggle in which I had borne up quite bravely, after anxieties and successes, after restlessness, trouble, and sickness, I at last breathed God's air, so to speak, and was at peace.

As far as the purely practical aspect was concerned, the practitioner merely advised me to give up my continual fear and to obtain a postponement of the injection cure. I had gained so much strength from this short conversation that I actually found courage to ask the doctor for a week's delay.

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The Great Exemplar
June 29, 1935

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