Because so much of my life has been reconstructed...

Because so much of my life has been reconstructed through the study of Christian Science, I should like to express my sincere gratitude for it, and for the many wonderful blessings it has brought into my daily experience. One of the earliest demonstrations I experienced was the quick healing of a broken bone in my right wrist. I was cranking a car one afternoon, before the advent of the self-starter, when the engine backfired, causing the crank handle to strike my wrist. At my request a friend immediately took me to the home of a practitioner whom I knew, and there for the next hour I learned from this earnest student more than I ever knew before of the healing presence of the Christ, of its ever-availability. I learned, too, that this Christ-presence, or power of God applied to human ills, is truly omnipotent. I was admonished that I could not become bruised or hurt in any way from the machinations of evil; that my real selfhood was untouched by seeming accident; that I was and would remain whole and complete and assured. The sense of pain was quickly overcome and the swelling subsided. The complete healing took place in about eight days, after which I began to use my hand and arm as normally as before.

Since that healing, others have followed in a rather varied assortment. Some years after the above incident I was beautifully and quickly healed of a severe case of pneumonia, even though at one time it was thought that I might be passing on. One passage from our beloved textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," was instrumental in rousing me from this mesmerism of fear. Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 393): "Mind is the master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good." This citation struck such a responsive chord in my consciousness that the pain began to ebb almost immediately. The following morning I rose both figuratively and literally, and in a remarkably short space of time I was well and free again.

The healings which have brought forth my deepest gratitude, however, were those of the deliverance from the slavery of bad habits and false desires. Over a period of many years I used tobacco in one form or another and to an excessive degree. I gained my freedom from this habit when the desire to read our textbook through consecutively was carried out. It was during this beautiful journey upward, through the pages of our Leader's writings, that the full import of the words of St. Paul to the Galatians came to me. He said,

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Testimony of Healing
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November 7, 1936

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