I received my first healing through Christian Science in...

I received my first healing through Christian Science in boyhood, at the time of a so-called epidemic of influenza. As I lay in bed, my mother repeated to me these familiar words from the ninety-first Psalm: "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." Her understanding of this passage, together with my own sense of its appropriateness, soothed my fears, and I soon found myself healed. I was about ten years old at that time, and had been attending the Sunday school of a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, for one year.

Since then I have continued in good health, with Christian Science serving in my life more as a protective than as a curative influence. Sometimes skeptical friends tell me that I would have been well anyway, but the fact remains that I have grown up without tasting a drop of medicine or ever going to bed on account of illness of any kind. In every case, disease has been checked and healed before it could render me helpless. For this wonderful protection I express my deepest gratitude.

However, in the years since leaving the Sunday school, I have felt more especially grateful for the moral guidance of Christian Science. It has often strengthened me at difficult times, and enabled me to avoid, with little sense of loss or restraint, many of the erroneous habits which appear attractive to the carnal mind. Although not always victorious over temptation, and sometimes discouraged, I can honestly say, with many others, that Christian Science has never failed to help me when I really wanted to be helped. It is only when I try to be double-minded that I seem to experience trouble; but these occasions, I am happy to add, become more rare as I strive to practice what I read and preach.

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Testimony of Healing
It has long been my sincere desire to send a testimony to...
October 10, 1936

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