Not until I began the study of Christian Science did I...

Not until I began the study of Christian Science did I fully appreciate what real confidence is, and where one's confidence should be placed. On page 368 of Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, our Leader says: "The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal."

I was unacquainted with the teachings of Christian Science, when in February, 1928, after several years of suffering, culminating in my inability to work, I asked a friend, who is not a Christian Scientist, if she could procure some Christian Science literature for me. In a very short time this was in my hands, together with a Bible and the Christian Science textbook. Prior to opening these precious volumes, I was without hope, practically penniless, and dependent for support upon my wife's meager remuneration. On top of this, medical practitioners had said I could not possibly live, due to the presence of an incurable tubercular condition of the hip. Confidence displaced fear and doubt to some degree when I read the first words of the Preface to that textbook (p. vii), "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big blessings." Continuing to read for some time, and pondering the truths I was learning, I felt satisfied and convinced of the power and presence of that wondrous impersonal truth which Jesus preached, practiced, and demonstrated, and which was again brought to the understanding through the inspired works of Mrs. Eddy. I did not, however, appear to gain physically; and just prior to a practitioner's being called upon, I decided, much to my wife's chagrin, to dispense with a solid leather and steel brace. When the brace was loosened, my whole body was limp; I could not even stand, so was taken to bed, and in accord with my desire the brace was removed for all time. I was in this helpless condition, in bed, unable to move, when the practitioner saw me for the first time early in May.

Encouragement and kindness were forthcoming, and treatment was given. After a short time I was able to rise and move around our apartment, doing little duties. Day by day my was noticeable, and I was enabled to do more and more. On Christmas Eve of that year I was taken for an automobile trip around the city, and again on Christmas Day. To be able to do this was wonderful to me, as prior to wearing the brace I had been encased in plaster casts for almost a year.

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Testimony of Healing
"Freely ye have received, freely give."
February 29, 1936

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