Twenty years ago I came to Christian Science for healing...

Twenty years ago I came to Christian Science for healing of what was considered a chronic digestive disorder. For many years I had tried to find relief from suffering through materia medica, osteopathy, chiropractic, calisthenics, dieting, fasting, and for two years through the use of a stomach tube. After all of these material remedies had failed, I turned to Christian Science as a last resort.

Several years prior to this time, my sister had been healed of a nervous disorder through Christian Science treatment. However, I felt that all she had needed was a change of thought, and it did not then occur to me that here was a truth which could heal my physical trouble. It was only after I witnessed the healing of a friend who had chosen Christian Science treatment in preference to an operation for goiter that I began to think of this Science for myself.

When I finally decided to turn away from material remedies, I was in a strange city where I knew no Christian Scientist. I went to a Christian Science Reading Room and asked for the name of a practitioner. The names of several living near me were furnished, and I borrowed a copy of Science and Health. This was on a Saturday, and when I called a practitioner she said she could not see me until the following Tuesday. While I felt a sense of disappointment at the time, I have ever been grateful for the proof of God's guidance which came to me through this experience. I had been a very active worker in an orthodox church, but for more than a year I had attended no church because I had failed to find the spiritual satisfaction for which I longed. I was particularly puzzled about the efficacy of audible prayer and had come to feel that while there must be a God I should never be able to find Him. On the Sunday following my phone call to the practitioner I read from the little book I had borrowed from the Reading Room. In the wonderful chapter entitled "Prayer" I found the answer to my questions about prayer. As a result of this awakening, when I visited the practitioner on Tuesday my thought was ready to accept the truth she had to offer, and I left her home completely healed.

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Testimony of Healing
When, about thirteen years ago, I first had in my hand...
April 25, 1936

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