Twenty years ago I was an active, happy worker in a...

Twenty years ago I was an active, happy worker in a church of another denomination, and little thought that I should ever leave it. I longed very much to do good and worked hard to accomplish this end. I was particularly interested in Sunday school work, and about this time I was asked to visit a boy of seventeen who had been a Sunday school scholar and who lay ill with what the doctors called tubercular hip. After two very serious operations he had returned from a hospital no better, but rather in a worse condition than when he entered, and there seemed little hope of his recovery. I found the boy, however, cheerful and hopeful, with something more than ordinary human courage shining out of his smiling face. He told me that while he was in the hospital a lady had visited him and had lent him a wonderful book, and he knew that the truth in that book could heal him. The book was "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. Though I was interested in what the boy told me, I was far from being convinced. I continued to visit him, however, and eventually was the means of putting him in touch with a Christian Science practitioner and of arranging for him to have treatment. Although it was three years before he finally cast away his crutches, he was absolutely and permanently healed. As I watched the transformation of the boy's thought and outlook I knew that Christian Science is the "pearl of great price" and, like the merchant in the parable, I gave all for it.

In 1922 I was accepted as a member of a Christian Science church, and since that time this truth has been my only physician and my great comforter. The way has not always been easy, but it has always led upwards and always there has been rejoicing. I have been healed of a weak chest and of a tendency of many years' standing to have coughs. Corns, from which I had suffered for a long time, disappeared, and so did many minor ailments. One healing which stands out is that of a very severe case of eczema. The condition was supposedly due partly to my age and partly to my being extremely run down. I can never be grateful enough to the practitioners who labored so patiently to show me the way out of the error. I found myself not only healed, but lifted out of conditions which were not conducive to harmony, into harmonious ones, affording new opportunities.

While I was passing through this seeming valley, a testimony which I heard while visiting a church in another part of the country, helped me greatly. It was given by a man who had been healed of a so-called incurable disease in its last stages by turning away from sense testimony and devoting his thought only to learning more about God in the light of the Bible and Science and Health. As I followed this example the same experience was mine. I had always been rather dubious when I heard people give thanks for slow healings, but now I know that during these valley journeys we learn patience and come out rejoicing in that which no man taketh from us. I was able to continue my work as First Reader during this experience and very few knew of the problem that was being worked out, as I was "hid with Christ in God."

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Testimony of Healing
God is always blessing us, and this has been proved to...
January 18, 1936

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.