Giving a Testimony

One of the happiest features in the Christian Science movement is the testimony meeting held in branch churches every Wednesday evening throughout the world. These meetings are highly prized by every Christian Scientist, and by many who have not yet united with the organization. The purpose of these testimony meetings is to give to those who have found healing through the loving ministrations of Christian Science, an opportunity to express gratitude.

The revered Leader of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy, expressed this sentiment in Article VIII, Section 24, of the Church Manual: "Testimony in regard to the healing of the sick is highly important. More than a mere rehearsal of blessings, it scales the pinnacle of praise and illustrates the demonstration of Christ, 'who healeth all thy diseases' (Psalm 103:3)." It will thus be noted that a testimony is not a "mere rehearsal of blessings," for it proceeds from a heart overflowing with the joy of having touched "the hem of his garment."

The atmosphere of a testimony meeting is one of love, joy, and gratitude, so it is not to be wondered at that countless sufferers in attending these services have left their burdens behind and borne a song away. As we listen to the earnest words of humble students of Christian Science who tell of temptations overcome, of so-called incurable diseases healed, of harmony restored, of business problems solved, we learn that God's law is ever available to us, even as it was to Jesus. For did not the Master say, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also"?

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Holding Fast to Good
December 25, 1937

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