"Trials are proofs of God's care" (Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, p. 66)

"Trials are proofs of God's care" (Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, p. 66). The meaning of this statement became very clear to me when I had an attack of ptomaine poisoning and appendicitis, which I considered to be the result of making a reality of an inharmonious condition affecting a loved one. I realized that I had been entertaining resentment and a false sense of responsibility.

I awoke one Monday morning in August, 1936, in great pain, which I tried to overcome myself; but as the condition grew worse, I asked for help from a practitioner. At the time, my wife was in the country and I was alone, but on Tuesday afternoon a friend of ours who had been a medical student, and later became active in the Christian Science field, came to my aid. She remained with me most of the time from Tuesday until Friday morning. Thursday morning we realized that the healing was complete. My friend left me, and returned at half past five to find that I had been up, shaved, and had taken all the nourishment which she had prepared for me. I realized at this time that one can be healed through absent treatment. I asked not to have my wife notified of the experience through which I was passing, because I felt she would be very fearful. We were in continual touch with the faithful practitioner, because several times it seemed that I should pass on, but Mrs. Eddy's words from Science and Health (p. 76) sustained me, "Death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears." Soon the fear of death left me, and I started to recover and make rapid progress.

Testimony of Healing
For a long time I have wanted publicly to express my...
July 30, 1938

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