When I was a small child, a copy of the Christian Science...

When I was a small child, a copy of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, was sent to our home by my grandmother, who, through Christian Science treatment, had been healed very quickly of a severe internal difficulty pronounced incurable by the physicians. For a number of years this little volume was rarely opened, for none of us realized what priceless treasures lay between its covers.

Later I left home to attend school in the midwestern city where my grandmother was living. When I opened my trunk, what a surprise I had when I found that my mother had given the copy of Science and Health to me! As the months went by I read it more and more frequently, but would hide it after each reading, as I did not wish to be thought religious. Week ends were spent with my grandmother, with whom I attended a Christian Science church. She subscribed to the Christian Science periodicals, which I read with absorbed interest whenever I found the opportunity to be alone. Finally the day came when the opinion of friends and relatives no longer disturbed me, for I was thoroughly convinced of the truth of Christian Science. With the healing of false pride another avenue for learning more of God came into my experience—the happy privilege of attending the Christian Science Sunday School, where I was shown how to make the teachings of this Science practical in daily life.

I should like to relate one healing which took place a number of years ago while I was an associate at The Christian Science benevolent Association in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. One day while I was on duty I was suddenly taken ill with some form of paralysis, which rendered me quite helpless, and for about three weeks I seemed to go through very deep waters. Even while the body was presenting discomfort and distorted pictures of fear I felt separated from it, and I could see more clearly than ever before the mental nature of so-called disease. It seemed, as Mrs. Eddy says on page 302 of Science and Health, that "man's true consciousness is in the mental, not in any bodily or personal likeness to Spirit." Through the good work of a faithful practitioner my thought was uplifted, and resentment and unlovely thinking were uprooted and healed. The nurses played no small part in this regenerative healing, and for their loving care I wish also to express gratitude. Much peace and comfort were derived from the Christian Science Hymnal, from which the nurses frequently sang.

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Testimony of Healing
Out of gratitude for the blessings which I have been...
October 16, 1937

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